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Can I Cook Glazed Carrots a Day Ahead?

by Maxine Wallace

Glazed carrots are a no-fuss, simple-to-make side dish, and they're also a good choice to prepare in advance and reheat for your meal. Choose from a variety of mouth-watering glazes, like orange, honey or maple, and throw together this classic side in minutes for a sweet vegetable treat come mealtime.

Glazed Carrot Basics

A reliable side dish that wonderfully finishes a meal, glazed carrots work especially well with meats and breads. Typically simmered in chicken or vegetable broth, this side dish is teeming with hearty flavor. Use white or brown sugar, honey, marmalade or maple syrup to sweeten the carrots with a thin glaze and keep them simple with dried thyme, sage or parsley. If you prefer a crunch, pecans make a dynamic addition to this simple side dish.

Making the Dish Ahead

To make glazed carrots the night before, cook the dish and transfer the glazed carrots to a storage container. Allow the carrots to cool to room temperature, cover the container with an airtight lid and refrigerate. When you are ready to reheat, put the carrots in a pot on the stove to reheat them without overcooking them. Use a kitchen thermometer to ensure the glazed carrots are reheated to 165 degrees Fahrenheit and serve immediately.

Preparing the Ingredients Ahead

If your schedule permits, it is also possible to mix all the ingredients in advance and then simply cook them before serving. This saves time in the kitchen when preparing food and allows you to make the dish fresh. Mix all the ingredients for glazed carrots up to four hours in advance and then refrigerate them until you are ready for cooking. This will take more time in the kitchen at dinner time, but preparing the ingredients in advance may work for your schedule.

Reheating Tips for Glazed Carrots

When reheating glazed carrots on the stovetop, add a bit of butter or cooking oil to the pan so they don't stick. If necessary, you can reheat in the microwave. Use a microwave-safe dish and do not heat for long periods, but instead, heat in one-minute bursts, stirring well between each. This will ensure the carrots are evenly heated and do not overcook.

About the Author

Based in Portland, Ore., Maxine Wallace is a writer with more than 12 years of experience. With a bachelor's degree in journalism and experience working on marketing campaigns for large media agencies, she is well-versed in multiple industries including the Internet, cooking, gardening, health, fitness, travel and holistic living.

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