How To Peel A Carrot

How To Peel A Carrot- With A Knife Or Peeler?

There is no harm in eating the carrot unpeeled, however, many pesticides that have accumulated in the skin of conventionally grown carrots can be removed by peeling them.

In addition, the skin often has a slightly bitter taste so if you want the full sweetness of the carrot, peel it!

Also, people peel carrots for their aesthetics – when they are peeled, they are uniform in color and shape and glow with a vibrant orange hue.

You can peel vegetables with a peeler or a paring knife if you have one.

How To Peel A Carrot

Peel the carrot from the center to the cutting board using a vegetable peeler. After that, peel upward in the opposite direction. Stop at the carrot’s center. One carrot stripe should be peeled. Now you can continue this around the whole carrot until all the skin is gone.

Using A Carrot Peeler

Run cool water over the carrots. Get rid of dirt and impurities by brushing them with nylon-bristled brushes. In order to ensure that all pesticides and dirt have been removed, washing is a must.

The color of carrots can sometimes seem dingy or odd.

When the outer layer is peeled off, it will disappear.

You will need a bowl that you can place on the counter.

When you remove the carrot peels from the carrot, the bowl will catch them as they fall into it.

If you are clever enough, you could just peel the carrot over the rubbish bin, but this can be hard as you don’t have a surface to rest the carrot on.


Try to grasp the carrot between your forefinger and thumb of your non-dominant hand.

It is important to position your palm up (under the carrot) with your non-dominant hand.

The carrot tip should point downward when tilted 45 degrees over the bowl.

Keeping your hands safe while cutting yourself is not an easy task.

The thickest part of a carrot is where you should place your vegetable peeler.

Don’t worry if your peeler doesn’t reach the top part of your carrot, that’s ok. We will take care of that part soon. The blades on most peelers are bi-directional.

Do you have one?

Here is a good bio-directional peeler suitable for peeling carrots.

Peeling carrots with a vegetable peeler preserves the layer beneath that contains many of the carrot’s phytonutrients.

If you press a vegetable peeler against a carrot gently, thin slices are removed from the skin.

To peel the carrot, slide the vegetable peeler across its surface.

Essentially what you will be doing is removing a thin layer of skin that will curl inwards when removed, falling into a bowl or onto a cutting board. 

To prepare the carrot, place its tip on a cutting board.

Hold the peeler in your dominant hand. With the non-dominant hand, you hold the carrot top.

Putting the carrot on the cutting board at a 45-degree angle is best.

Flip your palm over, so your palm faces the ceiling and hold it between your thumb and forefinger.

The carrot is supported by your hand underneath it.

To remove the skin of the carrot, place the blade of a paring knife against the surface and scrape a thin layer across the surface.

You can also peel vegetables with a paring knife.

It’s important to peel the carrot carefully so that you don’t remove too much meat.

The top can be gently scraped.

Make sure not to injure yourself as well! Paring knives should never be handled with your non-dominant hand.

Ensure you keep your fingers on the sides and under the carrot in order to prevent cutting yourself.

Continue to peel the carrot until it is skin-free.

Continually rotate the carrot as you peel it in order to reveal the raw skin part of the carrot that has yet to be removed.

You have the option of switching from your dominant hand to the non-dominant hand without stopping the process.

The carrot top near your wrist is often difficult to see because the top is often obscured.

In this case, turn the product over, hold the tip and repeat the technique.

Cut the tip and top of the carrot off with your paring knife.

Continue peeling carrots until you have peeled all of them. Before using the carrots, rinse them well.

Since the peels do not add any flavour to a dish, they can be placed in the bin.

Some people may use them for vegetable broth, however, if you are using non-organic carrots the peel contains also all of the pesticides, so it’s not recommended to use the peels.


You can peel carrots quickly without cutting your fingers once you learn the right technique

With familiarity, you’ll feel more comfortable with the motions as you become faster.

By the time you have peeled a bunch of carrots, you will have the feeling of being a pro.

Vegetables with a long, thin shape work best with this peeling method.  Think along the lines of zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, and parsnips.

Frequently Asked Questions About Peeling Carrots

Do I Have To Peel Carrots?

You aren’t alone, don’t worry. It doesn’t really matter if you peel carrots or not. You can remove dirt and debris by washing and scrubbing them well. 

Can I Eat Carrot Skins?

Carrots are loaded with vitamin C and niacin in the peel and should be eaten unpeeled to obtain their full nutritional benefit (and enjoyable taste). However, make sure to wash them carefully to remove all dirt and pollutants the skin may contain.