How To Shred and Grate Carrots in a Food Processor

If you’re making carrot cake, sauerkraut, salad or spring rolls, your recipe may call for shredded or grated carrots. With the help of your food processor, you can shred carrots with ease to toss into your favorite recipes. Read on below to learn how to shred carrots in a food processor.

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Shredded carrots: recipe & tips

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to shred and grate carrots with the help of your food processor.

  • 1–13 cups, depending on the size of your food processor

  • Carrots, like purple, white, yellow or traditional orange carrots
Prep Time
  • 10 minutes
Total Time
  • 20 minutes

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Step 1: Set up food processor

Before you can begin shredding carrots in a food processor, you need to assemble your appliance. Place the work bowl onto the base of your processor, making sure that it is secure in place. If you have a KitchenAid® food processor, align the handle with the raised button on the side of the base so that the bowl clicks into place. Then, lower the drive adapter onto the drive pin inside the work bowl.

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Step 2: Attach the blade

After you’ve assembled your food processor, select the shredding disc accessory. Attach the disc to the top of the drive adaptor and lock it into place along with the lid.

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Step 3: Prep the carrots for shredding

Place your carrots on a cutting board and trim the leafy tops using your knife. Clean the carrots by rinsing them under lukewarm water. You can also scrub the carrots with a vegetable brush during the cleaning process. If you prefer to work with peeled carrots, use a vegetable peeler to peel the outer layer off your carrots.

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Step 4: Shred carrots

Once your carrots have been cleaned and prepped, turn your food processor on High. Place a carrot in the feed tube. If your food processor includes a food pusher, use it to guide the carrots toward the shredding disc. Repeat this process until all of your carrots have been shredded.

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Shredded vs. grated carrots: what’s the difference?

The main difference between shredded and grated carrots is the size and appearance of the results. Shredded carrots typically look like long, thin strips while grated carrots are much smaller, almost crumb-like. This is due to a difference in blade size between a shredder and a grater.

Which food processor disc is best for shredding or grating carrots?

The best option for shredding carrots in a food processor is a standard shredding disc, while grating requires a fine shredding disc if included with your model. Select KitchenAid® food processors come with a Reversible Fine/Medium Shredding Disc that allows you to shred with the medium side and grate with the fine side. You can also use this food processor blade attachment to shred cheese, chocolate, potatoes, vegetables and more.

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Can I shred or grate carrots without a food processor?

Yes, you can shred or grate carrots without a food processor using a few different methods. You can use a box grater, a plane grater, a julienne peeler or a mandolin to get similar results to shredding with a food processor. These methods generally require more physical effort and time than a processor.

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How can I incorporate shredded carrots into recipes?

You can add crunch, color and nutrients to your favorite recipes by including shredded carrots. Experiment with textures with a Lentil and Carrot Avocado Salad, add a savory spin a breakfast pastry with Carrot Kale Muffins or indulge your sweet tooth with a classic Three layer Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

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