When I get home I cut off the leafy bits, wash them, and spread on a cookie sheet to freeze. When they are frozen I pop them into a baggie and keep in my freezer for a quick addition to soups and stews. Much cheaper than buying freeze dried celery flakes. And no additives!
By Molly from NJ
I always cut off the leaves from my stalks of celery before putting in the fridge (they cause the celery to wilt quicker), in the interest of "waste not want not" :) I dry the leaves in a brown paper lunch bag, then crumble up and keep with my spices. It's great if you want to add flavor to soups, etc. but are out of celery!
By Carol from Landisville, PA
I used to have a lunch wagon that went to auctions, estate sales, etc. When we closed up for the season, we put any unused veggies in the freezer. We decided to use the trailer for an espresso drive-through, and I forgot about the veggies. Over 8 months later, I discovered sliced onions, tomatoes, and green peppers. They were used for an enormous spaghetti feed at the annual family reunion, and they were as good as the day we put them in! (08/05/2008)