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We tend to buy a big bag of carrots from the supermarket (mainly because it's cheaper than a small bag), but usually these are starting to go soft halfway through the week. My current rule of thumb is that I'll cook them until they are so soft that I just can't peel them, and won't eat them raw after they have started to go soft.

Given that this is entirely based on my guesswork, can anyone tell me at what point they are actually inedible?

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I cannot answer the at which point are they inedible, but this link addresses the storage question. –  RudyB Aug 23 '12 at 13:42
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how cold is your refrigerator? –  baka Aug 23 '12 at 14:51
    
Related Q: How to properly store carrots cooking.stackexchange.com/q/15517/6808 –  Laura Aug 23 '12 at 15:12
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I edited out the second part of your question because it's a duplicate of the link I posted above. This way, answers here can focus on your main question - how to tell if carrots have become inedible. –  Laura Aug 23 '12 at 15:14
    
If you can tie a knot in them, it's probably time to toss them. :^D –  MargeGunderson Oct 2 '12 at 19:17

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If your carrots are going soft after just a few days, you're not storing them properly. Mine keep for weeks and weeks. I leave them in the plastic bag, and keep that in one of the vegetable drawers in my fridge. How are you storing yours?

A rubbery soft carrot isn't bad for you, it just isn't very pleasant. A slimy carrot is bad for you, don't eat it.

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And you can typically resuscitate softening carrots by wrapping them in damp paper towels and allowing them to rehydrate. –  Joe Aug 23 '12 at 17:41

Interestingly enough, carrots last for a really long time in the fridge. I usually toss them out when they get that white, dry coating on them. In addition, there should be a 'best buy' date on the bag; use this as a general guideline, but most of the time, they are good past then.

Fresh, whole carrots should last about 4-5 weeks in the fridge. Baby carrots last for about 3-4 weeks.

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If they are just going soft and not slimy then it is time to make cream of carrot soup. In fact it is a good idea to make a pot of soup at the end of every week to use up veggies that ore not so fresh any more AND make a list of things to restock!

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