Oh, Y'all, I'm so tickled!
Back in October we took a chest cooler down into our root cellar, filled it with clean dry sand (from Home Depot) and carrots from our garden. Then we added water - just to make the sand a bit moist, and went away for about 4 1/2 months.
In the mean time, I've been doing my best to use up all the little dinky carrots that germinated really late and didn't grow very much. Today, I needed a break from peel peel peel - carrot stick, peel peel peel - carrot stick ,peel peel peel - carrot stick. So I returned to the cellar to see how our carrots were holding up.
My friend Treesje told me about doing this and gave me some great tips. She said to put a little sand, a layer of carrots, picked, topped, but not washed, and make sure none were touching. Then add more sand, then more carrots, until you run out of sand, carrots, or space. Then, add water to moisten the sand.
Treesje had also explained to me that the carrots would sprout a little and would get some hairlike roots on them. Sure enough, that was true.
But they felt firm and looked nice. I scrubbed off the sand and topped them, and put a nickel in the sink so you'd get a sense of how big and nice they are.
I cut up the little one and made a pot of chicken noodle soup. It tasted great raw and cooked, and the texture, color - everything is perfect! Thank you, Treesje! Now I can make a carrot and raisin salad with a single carrot (instead of 17 little ones). Woo hoo!
I brought in some potatoes too, which looked exactly like...potatoes.
I love our root cellar!