First; I bet you didn’t know there was a carrot museum dedicated to all things carrot.
Now on to the point. We’ve all seen those packages of baby carrots. Well, the package says “baby” so we expect young carrots. Maybe, but probably not what you’ll actually find.
It seems that a few years back a farmer named Mike Yurosek got tired of seeing 400 tons of carrots a day drop down the cull shoot at his packing plant. –On a bad day they would dump as much as 70% of a load.
The carrots they dumped were “culls,” meaning the carrots were too deformed, bent or broken to sell to a finicky public.
So after Mr Yurosek got tired of watching all that waste he went to work trying to salvage the culls by using the straight sections. First, he used a vegetable peeler, but that was too slow. Then he started chopping them into 2″ pieces, using an old green bean cutter. He then ran those through a peeler and the now famous 2″ snack was born.
This is how the process works, according to Grimmway Farms
How a Carrot Becomes a Grimmway Farms Baby Carrot
• Long and slender carrots are harvested and trucked to the processing plant.
• Carrots are washed.
• An inspector separates malformed carrots.
• The carrots are trimmed into two-inch pieces by automated cutters.
• A second cutter trims the carrots and prepares them for peeling.
• An optical sorting machine discards any carrot pieces with green portions.
• The two-inch pieces are pumped through pipes to the peelers.
• The peelers rotate the carrots and scrape off the peel.
• The baby carrots are automatically weighed and bagged.