Field Crops – Transporting And Storing Field Crops – A Carrot Focus
Carrots are one of the most widely used and cultivated crops on earth, but you may be wondering how do they get from farm to table?
Naturally, by being a widely consumed food source, it is vital that they are stored and distributed in a proper manner post-harvest. This has to be conducted in a way that will allow them to reach distant markets whilst also meeting consumer requirements.
One of the most important principles is to allow carrots to breath and chilling them as soon as possible after harvest to keep them at a temperature and in storage circumstances that ensures the highest possible quality is provided to consumers.
Correct handling also aids in the management of any potential food safety hazards and enables traceability along the supply chain. The field is where the hard work of producing high-quality carrots begins but it is in the transportation that extra diligence must be taken.
How Do You Transport Carrots?
Once the carrots have been removed from the ground, they are ready to be transported. As carrots can be delicate to any type of forceful knock, they must be transported appropriately and handled throughout the process with care.
This is due to the carrots eventually making their way on to the shelf to be sold, however any damage sustained to the produce during transport, will result in a decline in profit with the produce being classed as wastage.
Throughout their transportation in a lorry, they should be kept at a refrigerated temperature and no damp should be allowed to enter where the carrots are as this can cause them to perish more quickly.
How Do You Package Carrots?
When carrots are packaged, they should be packaged in a way that allows them to breathe. One of the most popular ways of doing this is through a mesh bag. If the carrots are unable to breath because their packaging is completely sealed, their quality will start to deteriorate as the water vapor present in the produce will be unable to escape.
Once you have received your carrots and you are ready to store them in a fridge, they can be moved to an air-tight container.
A mesh bag can be a great source of packaging for your carrots due to allowing your carrots to breathe whilst keeping them together and preventing them from spilling everywhere.
How Do You Store Carrots In A Bag?
When you are walking around Tesco, you will notice that the carrots are not stored in a fridge. This is because their carrots have a shelf life of between three and five days before they start to go rubbery and lose their nutritional value and flavour. It is important to remember that only carrots which are left untouched and whole last this amount of time. Sliced carrots will have a considerably shorter shelf life.
If you have bought your carrots from a supermarket, they will most likely arrive in a plastic bag which has no holes in it. Once you bring them home, place them loose or in a mesh bag in your fridge to allow them to breathe to reduce moisture.
What Do Mesh Produce Bags Do?
Mesh produce bags will allow your vegetables to breathe and reduce the risks of them sweating as they are closely packed and stored together. If you are storing your vegetables in a mesh bag, try to avoid storing different variations together as there is some vegetables that can speed up the process of decomposition for other vegetables, like onions and potatoes.
What Are Mesh Bags Good For?
Mesh bags can be used for lots of different things as they are strong, durable, and lightweight. They will help to keep your vegetables and allow you to reuse them whenever you need too.
Whether you get your vegetables from your local supermarket or the farm shop down the road, use your mesh bag to help reduce the amount of plastic which is being used.
Not only are they good for storing your vegetables and keeping them fresh, but they are also reusable. If they are starting to get a bit dirty with soil from the vegetables, give them a wash and your bag will be as good as new again. This keeps the plastic usage down and if we can increase the amount of mesh bags being used by the population, we will make a difference in saving the planet.
Mesh bags are much cheaper as opposed to plastic. So, not only are these bags versatile in terms of anything you need them for, but they will make a difference within the ecosystem as well as saving money.
Are Mesh Bags Good For Storing Vegetables?
Mesh bags can be a great storage option for your vegetables as they will be able to keep fresh and breathe the whole time.
Providing you can put them in a dark area at the correct temperature for them, they will store well in a mesh bag. For example, storing your potatoes in a dark cupboard or your carrots in the fridge.
You may think that you will not be able to put much inside these bags and carrots and potatoes will break the bag if your bulk storing them, but these bags can carry much more weight than you may have thought possible.
What Is The Purpose Of Produce Bags?
Overall, these bags have multiple purposes in today’s day and age. One of the great purposes of the mesh bags is their versatility and how well they can contain, and hold produce of different amounts and weight.
By moving to mesh produce bags, you will not only be making your life much easier each time you purchase your fruit and vegetables, but you will be aware that you are making a difference to the world and step by step we can make the transition to the sole use of mesh produce bags and ditch the plastic.
Carrots are a very popular vegetable in the UK…they are in fact ranked at number three in terms of popularity. 82% stated that they like carrots, with only 4% disliking them - 12% felt neutral.
With these figures, there is no wonder that there is such a demand for carrots and the care required during transportation and packaging.
Wherever you may be buying your vegetables from, remember the correct way of storing them and handle them with care to provide you with a carrot full of flavour with a perfect crunch.
UK Allotment Vegetable Growers and Crop Transportation
For most allotment owners in the UK who grow their own vegetables it is both a passion and motivation to be able to see the whole life cycle of produce – this being from the moment it sprouts from the ground to time it meets knife and fork on the table.
With transportation of produce being a critical time within the cycle there needs to be viable options for produce growers to move food in an environmentally friendly way whilst also keep fresh.
Net bags, also knows as poly bags, offer excellent utility, and can carry both heavy loads and allow produce to breath.