The pros: Trader Joe's Les Petites Carrots of Many Colors are ready to go peeled and similar sized carrots ready to be roasted.
The cons: This item is pricey as compared to a very similar product called Carrots of Many Colors. You'll want to put something under the carrots. The purple ones let go enough moisture that you would think a squid as on your pan.
The verdict: Growing up watching the Food Network definitely changed my expectations of food. Previously, my culinary experience was whatever Mom put on the table. Shows like Chopped have made me question what I know about food. I don't think there is any show quite like it especially when they open those baskets and hold up ingredients I've very frequently never heard of or looked for. Who knew that so many items were available in different colors?
Offering just carrots would be far too basic for Trader Joe's (which they do by the way). Not only do they sell the traditional orange carrots. But they sell multi colored carrots in different variety packs depending on your level of laziness. The easiest to reach for would be the ones in the frozen section called Colorful Carrot Coins. The next easiest is this product. If you are willing to put in just a touch more effort, or don't wish to roast your carrots, then feel free to reach for the bag of Trader Joe's Carrots of Many Colors which you will need to prep yourself.
Now, these carrots clearly did not come out of the ground looking like this. They are prepped and peeled. All you need to do is turn the oven on and roast them. While you could cut them further, I'm not sure why you would be willing to pay the premium for them. The recipe on back is simple an accurate enough. Out of the oven yielded the pound of carrots with a touch of carmelization. These carrots weren't floppy.
The best way to describe these is al dente. They still had a subtle crunch to them. Just be sure to bake them on parchment. My purple carrots looked like they were using their defensive mechanism and left a pool of purple liquid behind. In any case, all of the flavors tasted about the same. Some were slightly thinner than others which lead to a softer texture. Otherwise, they're just pretty.
In any case, because these are peeled they will have a shorter shelf life than your standard bag of carrots. For $3.99 these are super presentable and will make four servings if not more. A fun option, but one of three possible options if you like your carrots to be a rainbow of colors. Just understand, this is a premium for a one pound back of carrots. A little time with a peeler and a knife and you could get the same results and have some pocket change to spare.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bag of Trader Joe's Les Petites Carrots of Many Colors:
The nutritional information and the ingredient:
How to prepare:
After being cooked you get:
Would I buy this again? While I would not buy Trader Joe's Les Petites Carrots of Many Colors on a regular basis, they would make for a lovely side for a Sunday dinner.
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