The Best Way to Store Celery

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Celery is an awesome snack – it’s a perfect side when you’re trying to come up with ideas for dinner, and it’s super simple to prepare when you’re learning how to cook. This time of year it seems like everyone has a bunch in their crisper drawer. There are many ways to store celery, but there is only one best way to store celery. Keeping celery at peak freshness is something that most folks don’t think about until that moment when they go to grab a few stalks from the refrigerator to spread with fresh peanut butter. Once they peer into their crisper and find a wimpy, flacid lump where their crisp celery stalks should be, they think, “Drat! Why does this always happen?” And, I used to have the same experience with carrots.

No one likes wimpy vegetables. Ew. I mean, who wants to eat celery that’s about as crispy as an old shoelace? Not me. Eating celery raw, when it’s crunchy and firm, is my favorite way to enjoy this light veggie, so learning the best way to store celery so that it retains its crunch was of the utmost importance around here! Plus it gives me more time to think about the important things, like what to cook for dinner tonight.

Keeping celery fresh in the refrigerator is so easy (a lot like freezing vegetables, which is also really simple if you know the proper way to do it). You don’t need pricey bio-bags involved, and you won’t have to to buy any weird humidifying devices for your refrigerator. In fact you only need three things — one of which, incidentally, is celery itself.

The best way to store celery is…

… in water. You only need a few things:

  • 1 bunch of celery
  • A large glass bowl or sealed plastic container
  • Water
  1. Remove celery stalks from the base, remove the leaves, and cut them in half so they are half as long.
  2. Arrange the celery in the receptacle so that there is at least 1-inch of headroom between the top of the celery and the rim of the bowl.
  3. Fill the bowl with clean (ideally filtered) water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or its sealable lid and place in the refrigerator.
  4. Change out water once a day, or at least every other day, for optimal freshness. Celery will keep fresh and amazingly crunchy for up to a week this way.
  5. You can keep any root vegetable fresh and crispy this way — try it with parsnips, beets, etc.

Now it’s your turn.

I think this is the best way to store celery so it’s ready for dinner tonight, but there are other ways, too. Do you have a favorite way of keeping your celery or other vegetables fresh and crispy? What’s your favorite method? And, how do you prepare celery for your home cooked meals? Leave a comment and let me know how you do it.

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Comments from other ninjas:

  1. Gillian says

    I, too, have found just recently about the tinfoil method and it seems to be working.

    Parsley (and possibly other fresh herbs) and asparagus. Just put the feet in a jar of water, cover the whole thing with a plastic bag, and an elastic band around the jar. That’s what I do.

  2. Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi says

    Hmmm, I might try the foil method. I’ll never remember to change the water for this method.

  3. Jery says

    Super YAY for this post!! I cannot tell you how much money I have wasted throwing bad celery away! It’s pretty disgusting. I love to have some just for a quick snack or to throw in my lunchbox for work. Now I will be able to actually eat a whole bunch of it! That’ll be a first.

  4. Sheryl says

    I’m convinced I need to figure out a better way to store my celery, since I’ve been throwing away way too many limp stalks. Thanks for the easy tip!

  5. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. says

    Or just wrap it in foil. Seriously, that’s all you need to do and it will stay fresh for weeks… possibly even months!

  6. CopyKat Recipes says

    You know this is almost exactly what I do to help keep my celery fresh. After joining a co op for organic produce, I get tons of produce all at once, and if I prep it before I put it into the refrigerator, it stays fresh longer. I will definitely start to swap out my water though, I have missed that step.

  7. MyKidsEatSquid says

    And then cilantro? I usually keep mine with the roots in water in a cup cover loosely with plastic. But if you have a better idea, I’d love to know.


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