Parboiling makes dense, slow-cooking vegetables tender. The process works especially well for carrots and other root vegetables that may have a longer cooking time than the other ingredients in a dish. Partially cooking carrots before adding them to a quick-cooking recipe, such as a soup or stir-fry, ensures the carrots are cooked through and tender without having to overcook the quicker-cooking vegetables in the meal.
Things You'll Need
Wash and peel the carrots. Cut the carrots into the desired size pieces with a sharp knife on a cutting board.
Fill a pot with water. Use 2 quarts of water for every pound of carrots.
Bring the water to a boil. Add the carrots to the boiling water.
Boil whole baby carrots or carrot slices that are 1 inch or larger for five minutes. Boil diced carrots or slices smaller than an inch for two to three minutes.
Drain the carrots into a colander. Add the warm carrots to the remaining ingredients and finish cooking them as directed in the recipe.
You can parboil carrots ahead of time to save time during meal preparation. Store the partially cooked carrots in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two days.