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Mar 20, 2014 11:03 AM

Saggy celery

Got a problem and could use some advice. After 3 days in the crisper, my head of celery will go limp. How do I keep it crisp and fresh. Right now it looks like it needs that little blue pill, if you know what I mean.... Help.

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  1. Cut at the root and put in a water glass with ice cold water.

    It'll perk up in no time (well, give it 10-15 minutes).

    1. Are you saying that your celery is going bad just three days after you bought it? It should last longer than that - it was either old when you bought it, and/or the temperature in your fridge is too low.

      I guess in that situation I would just freeze what's left and save it for some stock.

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      1. re: Atomic76

        It gets limp. That doesn't mean it's gone bad.

        As I wrote, put it in ice water and it'll be crisp again pronto.

      2. Loosely wrapping celery in aluminum foil makes it stay fresh a long time.

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        1. re: RealMenJulienne

          Agreed! I always wrap mine in foil, and I swear, it keeps for a month. It's amazing.

          1. re: RealMenJulienne

            +1. I've found this works best of all, keeping celery crisp for two weeks, at least. Difference is, I wrap it tightly, right up to the leaves.

          2. My celery always stays fresh in the plastic bag it comes in, but the aluminum foil is a great idea. I'll use that for loose celery in the future.

            In my experience, limp-ish celery eats and cooks similar to firm, blue pill celery. Once cut up, I can't really tell in salads or sautes.
            I generally use the inside leaves and stems for stock and braises, and then, it can be very, very limp. It's still tasty as long as it hasn't turned brown.

            1. I keep it in the crisper in the original bag and it stays "erect" for at least 10 days.

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                1. re: MamasCooking

                  The "little blue pill" reference in the OP made me do it.

                2. re: grampart

                  You remind me of my recent post where I described my bacon preference as "flaccid".

                  1. re: Harters

                    That post came into my mind, also.

                    1. re: Harters

                      And do you pronounce it "flassid" or "flacksid"?

                      1. re: Harters

                        You and grampart are sly and witty. Now behave boys!

                      2. re: grampart

                        You're supposed to seek medical attention after 4 hours.