Combine carrots and water to cover in a medium-size stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10 minutes or just until tender. Drain. Peel carrots; cut off stem end. Pack vertically into hot sterilized jars.
Combine spices; tie loosely in a cheesecloth bag. Combine spice bag, sugar, vinegar, water, and salt in saucepan. Bring to a boil; boil 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove spice bag; discard. Pour hot syrup over carrots, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Cover with metal lids, and screw bands tight. Process in boiling water bath 30 minutes.