Keeping carrots

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Learning that carrots keep drinking, which leaves them dehydrated and soft in no time, all they need is to be kept in bath and preferably in refrigerated conditions, I tried this for two weeks with no issue. However, I would like to know how much of it's nutrients leak into the water, also, how long can a carrot be kept this way (I tries whole, but I assume diced will last for two weeks just as well).
 
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I just keep my carrots loose in the fridge, no water. If they do go flaccid, all you have to do is to bias cut a small bit off the bottom end and place them upright in a glass of ice and water. In about 15 minutes (never actually timed it, just guessing) they will firm right back up. Same thing with celery.
 
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If they do go flaccid, all you have to do is to bias cut a small bit off the bottom end and place them upright in a glass of ice and water. In about 15 minutes (never actually timed it, just guessing) they will firm right back up. Same thing with celery.
I just learned something that I will use a lot from now on. Thanks!!
 
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What about the nutrients? Do they leak into the surrounding water, or stay inside the carrot? How much nutritional value is simply lost over time, is there a study on this?

Thanks.
 
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Some nutrients react with exposure to oxygen, some are water soluble. The best bet for keeping the maximum nutrients is to leave the carrots whole, unpeeled, and not in water. The bigger culprit in nutrient loss although is cutting and or peeling ahead of time rather than storage in water.
 
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Some nutrients react with exposure to oxygen, some are water soluble. The best bet for keeping the maximum nutrients is to leave the carrots whole, unpeeled, and not in water. The bigger culprit in nutrient loss although is cutting and or peeling ahead of time rather than storage in water.
I've also heard that if you buy them full of dirt (for example at the farmer's market) you should not wash them as the dirt protects them. 

In fact I do remember seeing them being conserved in sand back in France. 
 
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Yup store in damp sand in a cool and dark location and they keep months. Otherwise a damp paper towel then put the carrots on top and seal up the bag to stop moisture loss. They will keep an easy 4-6 weeks this way in the fridge in the humidity controlled crisper drawer.
 
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