by Texas Homesteader ~
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I use celery from time to time when I’m cooking. But it’s always just an ingredient and never the main event in my kitchen.
So here’s what I do to make sure it’s all used up or preserved before it goes bad.
Photo by: Ashley
(because heaven knows *I* can’t make a photograph of a bunch of celery look like it belongs in an art studio!)
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Storing Fresh Celery Longer In The Refrigerator
RancherMan only tolerates a little celery taste. So it’s often only an ingredient I buy, use a little and place the rest of the bunch back in the refrigerator hoping to use it all before it goes bad.
To keep celery fresh for longer I use a trick I watched my grandmother do when I was a child. I’ll place the fresh celery root-side down in a container holding a little water in the bottom.
Then I’ll cover the top of the celery with a repurposed plastic bag. The moisture & humidity seems to keep the celery fresh much longer.
I’ll use that fresh celery for several days. I like to add chopped celery in my chicken salad spread – but certainly not an entire bunch! So I make sure to preserve the rest of the celery while it’s still fresh. That way I can use it to flavor our food later.
Dehydrating Leftover Celery
After I prepared my chicken salad I took the remaining celery and chopped the ribs into the size I typically use in my chicken salad recipe.
Then I brought out my * trusty countertop dehydrator to dry it. I also have a large 9-tray *Excalibur Dehydrator that I use when dehydrating larger quantities of food. But this small countertop version is perfect when there’s a smaller amount to be dehydrated. (I’ve used the dehydrator lots this year!)
The dehydrator works great to dehydrate the rest of the celery left in the bunch. But I sometimes also dehydrate small amounts of trimmings for FREE. How?
Well I Use Residual Oven Heat to Dehydrate those small bits when there’s just not enough to even fire up the small dehydrator. No electricity used and no food waste!
I’ll chop the leftover celery ribs and the leaves too. Then I place them on my low-side cast iron skillet and slide it into the oven when it’s turned off after cooking something but before the oven’s cooled completely.
The residual heat will help dry the celery for free! I’ll usually leave it on the counter for a few days and fluff it occasionally to allow it to air dry further to make sure there’s no moisture remaining.
Some of the dehydrated celery will be ground into a powder. It’s easy – I’ll put it into a *coffee grinder I keep just for grinding seasonings and herbs. With a few quick pulses it’s quickly ground into a powder.
Storing Dehydrated Celery
The powdered celery is poured into a repurposed seasoning can I’ve had for years and stands ready to be used to flavor our food.
The dehydrated chopped celery is placed into a clean glass jar. I can’t believe that entire bunch of celery fits inside a tiny spice jar when it’s dehydrated!
I’m always sure to label my ingredients. So with a quick label on top as well as another label on the side it’s ready to be added to my herbs & spices drawer to be used.
So I’ve kept this celery from being wasted & kept myself from having to purchase yet more when I’m ready to make chicken salad again.
And I love the fact that dehydrated produce takes up just a fraction of the space as before it was dehydrated and uses no additional energy to store as would be the case with freezing.
Rehydrating & Using Celery
When I’m ready to make chicken salad again I’ll measure out as much dehydrated chopped celery as I want to add and put it in a bowl.
Then I’ll top it (just barely) with boiling water and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
After that time it’s fully re-hydrated so I can drain off any remaining water and stir the now-plumped celery right into my recipe for that distinctive celery taste I love.
There’ll be no more healthy yet expensive produce languishing in the depths of the refrigerator until it becomes science experiment fodder! And you know how eliminating food waste appeals to me.
Other Dehydrating Posts
- Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Fresh Carrots
- Dehydrating Tomato Sauce Into Leather For Pizza
- Cubed Tomatoes Dehydrated For Winter Cooking
- Preserving Produce: Dehydrating Celery
- Dehydrating Fresh Pumpkin For Easy Storage
- Dehydrating Spinach To Enjoy All Year Long
- Using A Dehydrator To Preserve Fresh Onions
- Dehydrating & Storing Cabbage
- A Solar Oven Dehydrates Jalapenos
- Dehydrating Shredded Potatoes For Hash Browns
- Bell Pepper Dehydration
- Using A Solar Oven To Dehydrate Garden Produce
- Using It ALL – Dehydrating & Powdering Tomato Skins
- How To Make Dehydrated Blueberry Powder
- Dehydrating Plums
- My Simple, Zero-Waste Herb Drying Setup
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