I made dinner Sunday night and, since I know I’ve been a bit negligent when it comes to getting my daily recommended servings of vegetables, I decided I should at least attempt to make some as a side dish.
We had cleaned out our pantry earlier in the day and I came across a can of The Allen’s Sunshine Carrots that had been hiding in the back of it for at least a couple of months. I had never had this brand of carrots before and was a bit curious about them so I decided to make them.
They turned out to be OK but not anything overly special.
First of all, the size of these sliced carrots was a bit of a disappointment. To be fair, they were probably the same size as many other brands that are out there. But, I’ve been a bit spoiled lately and the past few brands I have purchased have offered very large carrot slices. When compared to those brands, the smaller size really was noticeable.
Also, unlike some of the other brands I have purchased recently, there was also not much in terms of overall quantity in this can of carrots. It turned out to be enough for all of us. But, that was only because we were very careful about portion size and, even with doing that, we had nothing leftover. Under normal circumstances, we likely would have had to make two cans of this brand; something I always try to avoid doing whenever I can.
I will say, in terms of overall quality, I don’t have any complaints. The carrots tasted the way carrots should and, unlike many cheaper brands (which I believe this brand was), I didn’t find any that looked like they had been burnt or had blight on them.
I also did appreciate the fact The Allen’s brand didn’t use a ton of salt when canning these. I have had some brands in the past that were so salty; I would have to take the time to rinse them before cooking them. This brand seemed to be one of the better brands when it came to this; they used what was needed to preserve the carrots without changing the overall flavor.
In fact, had this brand offered more in terms of size and quantity, I probably would have recommended it. But, if you have a family to feed, there are better brands out there than this one.