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uses for left over celery

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)


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

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        1. re: HillJ

          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

            stuck, try some of the milder suggestions above

    1. 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. 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. 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.

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          1. re: Sherri

            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

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

                1. 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!

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                  1. re: debrolex

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