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Nov 14, 2006 09:01 PM

storing celery?

I rarely use a whole celery, and it just bugs me. How should I best store this thing?

I got a big gorgeous organic head of celery this weekend; I only needed two ribs.
I cut off the tops and froze for the next pot of stock.
I'd like to use the rest in stuffing next week, but I bet it's not going to be so . . . vibrant for that long. I'm guessing it's a mistake to freeze it if I want it to be crunchy in the turkey.

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  1. I've never tried freezing celery but I suspect that with it's high water content, it won't freeze (or rather thaw) that well. I find that it can go limp quite quickly in the fridge - my best suggestion would be to cut the ribs and store in water in the fridge (partially or fully immersed).

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    1. re: peppermint pate

      Yes, store it in water in either a ziploc or tupperware and it will hold up for a while.

    2. I just stick my whole head of celery in two pastic bags (one on each end) and close with a rubber band around the middle, then refrigerate. The celery should easily last a week; I keep mine forever and usually wind up salvaging the inner parts for soup.

      1. I'm with you on the insanity of buying a whole head and needing only two stalks. Drives me bonkers.

        I definitely wouldn't freeze it. I've found that celery lasts quite awhile in the fridge if you keep it in the crisper drawer.

        I also read somewhere that you can refresh celery that's a little limp by running it under cold water.

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        1. re: SarahEats

          This doesn't help you but I was happy to see that in French markets, you can buy it by the stalk. Good idea but not likely one that will take hold here.

          1. re: erica

            quite a few stores here sell it by the stalk as well, quite handy, i never use more than a few stalks

          2. re: SarahEats

            You can refresh it by cutting it up and putting it in a bowl of ice water. Will be as crisp as when you first bought it.

          3. I often buy it from the salad bar at the grocery store. That way I can buy just as much as I need. Sometimes they have even chopped it for me.
            In produce sections that sell it by the pound, I'll wait until nobody is looking and just pull off what I need. When the cashier gives me a funny look I just look at her like a cow looking at a new gate....

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            1. re: birddogfoodie

              . . . "like a cow looking at a new gate" - wonderful! I'll file that right along with "like a duck looking at thunder."

              1. re: Marsha

                Yeah, it's pretty good. I give that look to my wife all of the time. It usually follows the question "does this dress make me look....."

              2. re: birddogfoodie

                "often buy it from the salad bar at the grocery store"

                That makes sense - it's only $6 a pound that way.

                1. re: FrankJBN

                  Yep, it's totally brilliant. I'd rather buy a whole head than pay $6/lb for it. Plus it keeps a long time if wrapped up in foil.

              3. Cut it into properly sized stalks, wash, drain, wrap it tightly in foil and keep in crisper.