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
- Remove celery stalks from the base, remove the leaves, and cut them in half so they are half as long.
- 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.
- Fill the bowl with clean (ideally filtered) water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or its sealable lid and place in the refrigerator.
- 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.
- 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.