SOMETIMES Mother Connie is sure her head may explode! Get a load of THIS: There is an advertising campaign which takes baby carrots, packages them like junk foods-e.g. chips, cookies, etc-and trots them out to tempt children!
Oh, this is fraught with issues. #1, it’s probably a clever concept and someone will likely be handsomely paid for thinking of it.
#2, I have serious issues with baby carrots. Yes. Baby carrots are NOT healthy, NOT nutritious and in some cases they are downright dangerous.
#3, is it kosher for people to appeal to kids in this way? It makes me squeamish.
The reason why baby carrots are not good is that the clever food processing people take all the ugly, misshapen carrots and make them look perfect because after all, we eat with our eyes first. Right? Right.
The problem is that after they get them shaped just so, they dunk them in a vat of slush that purports to keep them sanitary. That vat has CHLORINE in it in order to kill the bad guys that might be growing there. Those carrots sit in that brine from the time they go in to the time you use the little critters. Didn’t you ever notice how LONG those things keep and HOW SLIMY THEY ARE? Yuck!
The manufacturers can dress them up any way they like to sell more stuff. But if you dress up a pig and put lipstick on it, IT IS STILL A PIG.
Does Mother Connie make herself clear, people?
Families who are managing their food dollars with the help of WIC or SNAP and an EBT, need to have accurate information about the food they purchase. For people who use Angel Food Ministries, for those who have items from a food pantry or use food commodities, these are important considerations. If you have goods from a Farmer’s Market or are just plain frugal and you love food, especially comfort foods, you need to have good information about the food you and your loved ones consume!
Good food is good food. It should be good FOR you, not just perfectly pretty.
If you have REAL carrots, with their imperfections and all, I want to share a prep tip with you. And if you get your kids involved in shopping or growing or digging or cleaning the produce the chances of them EATING it are much, much greater. Here’s what’s really good:
1 pound of real carrots, scrubbed, not peeled. Do cut off the end pieces for your stock pot.
Cut the carrots the way you want them to look. They can be grated, cut crosswise, chopped into chunks-however you like them.
Put them in a heavy saucepan and add some water and salt. Bring them to a boil; reduce the heat to a simmer and allow them to cook till fork tender.
Drain them, add a spoonful of butter to them and let that melt. Add 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar and a sprinkle of nutmeg. These will smell divine, taste so elegant and those kids will beg for second helpings!
DON’T EAT THE BABY CARROTS, NO MATTER HOW THEY ARE PACKAGED!
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