HOME > Chowhound > Home Cooking >
Brewing beer, curing meat, or making cheese? Share your food adventure

uses for left over celery

stuckinschool Oct 10, 2006 07:25 PM

celery is one of those things that i always seem to end up with lots left over. prob b/c you have to buy the whole bunch and most recipes just call for a couple stalks.

anyone have any creative ideas for using up the leftovers? (looking for something more interesting than slapping some pb on it or cream of celery soup)


  1. h
    HillJ Oct 10, 2006 07:29 PM

    stuck, try making a celery slaw, add to chicken or tuna salad, saute with chicken & cashews..okay that's 4!

    4 Replies
    1. re: HillJ
      bobbyperu Oct 10, 2006 07:33 PM

      Stick em in your Bloody Marys!

      1. re: bobbyperu
        HillJ Oct 10, 2006 07:34 PM

        touche, bobbyperu

        1. re: HillJ
          stuckinschool Oct 10, 2006 07:37 PM

          oh, if only i could stomach them!

          had a particularly spicy one, late-night, after many previous drinks in college and have not been able to drink them since. :(

          1. re: stuckinschool
            HillJ Oct 10, 2006 07:43 PM

            stuck, try some of the milder suggestions above

    2. m
      MakingSense Oct 10, 2006 07:35 PM

      Braised celery is a wonderful wintertime vegetable. Cut it into pieces on the diagonal. A little chicken broth. Finish with a knob of butter and some salt and pepper when it's tender. Gratinee for a company meal.
      The taste will surprise you.

      1. pescatarian Oct 10, 2006 07:44 PM

        you could use it in a stuffing or you could just cut it into 3" pieces and sautée with a little olive oil, pepper flakes, salt, and a splash of lemon at the end for a side dish

        1. s
          Sherri Oct 10, 2006 07:54 PM

          Add it to your (freezer) bag of onion skins, leek tops and carrot bits for stock -- when the mood strikes, you're ready to go.

          Mince celery and add to peas w/ mint.
          Make a mirepoix and keep on hand, refrig. for short-term, freezer for longer.
          Warm winter salad of root vegetables - celery, carrots, beets, potatoes, turnips w/ mustard vinaigrette.
          Saute cucumbers & celery, toss w/ dill to accompany salmon.

          2 Replies
          1. re: Sherri
            uman Oct 10, 2006 08:11 PM

            I agree with the freezer option. Freeze the celery and whip it out for your next recipe requiring a few stalks to be cooked. Obviously this isn't for fresh celery recipes.

            1. re: Sherri
              chowser Oct 10, 2006 09:12 PM

              I agree w/ freezing it, too. Along w/ other veggies and you can always stuff a roast chicken with them for the flavor, or lie the chicken on top, like a roasting rack.

            2. Chocolatechipkt Oct 10, 2006 08:34 PM

              Well there's always cream cheese instead of pb. :b

              Chicken soup ... celery in both the stock-making process and then fresh celery in the final soup.

              I have problems using up celery too. Thanks for starting this thread!

              1. g
                glutton Oct 10, 2006 08:58 PM

                You could make a salad of apples, celery, walnuts, some goat or blue cheese, and a mustard vinagerette. Easy and tasty.

                1. d
                  debrolex Oct 10, 2006 09:05 PM

                  Everyone seems to want to use it up so it doesn't go to waste. After many years of cooking for one, I was desparate for preservation and extending the life of fresh produce & breads. Once you've cut the root base off the celery & rinsed the stalks, tightly wrap the rest in aluminum foil. I've had celery last - crisp & fresh - for over a month this way. I have no idea why it works...but it does...and leaving them sit in a cup of water doesn't...trust me, I've tried.

                  When you're ready for chicken salad, it's right there, crisp as can be. ...add some apples & curry too...yum!

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: debrolex
                    bobbyperu Oct 10, 2006 09:39 PM

                    This does work - I tend to trim it, wash it, and cut it into 3-4" sticks, then just pack 'em tightly into a ziploc bag. They do keep for a few weeks without too much problem this way.

                  2. blue room Oct 10, 2006 09:49 PM

                    How could a person NOT have celery left over? Just wanted to say that if you freeze it, be sure to blanch it first. Then you can use it in any cooked dish--there aren't many meat/vegetable dishes that would be hurt by the addition of celery.
                    Also, cream of celery soup goes down easy.

                    1. l
                      Louise Oct 11, 2006 06:32 AM

                      And if you get sick of celery soup, you can make celery and chestnut soup. The flavors really go together.

                      You can also just make a regular chunky fall vegetable soup and throw in some celery chunked up. Some barley would not hurt either.

                      I also vote for the braising. I did that with whole leeks and they were great.

                      1. mabziegurl Oct 11, 2006 06:39 AM

                        chicken and celery stir fry... you can chop it up or leave them in small stalks (half of celery sticks)

                        Show Hidden Posts