If you are in a pinch because you are out of celery, here is a substitute: Substitute chopped cabbage (for the crunch) and add some celery seed or salt (for the flavor)!
By Carol from Landisville, PA
Celery works well frozen. Wash the stalks, slice them into 1/4 inch pieces. Measure out whatever portions you like to use (1 cup portions work for me) and place into small ziploc sandwich bags. Use a sharpie and label the bags with how much is in them and the date. This works well for recipes and prevents waste; I also do this with chopped and minced onion.
Another tip... when you write on bags for the freezer with permanent marker, cover the writing with clear packing tape. This allows the writing to "stick around" regardless of temperature change or condensation.
I dehydrate ALOT of celery at a time. Then just powder them in my Vitamix (a blender will do fine). I always have celery in the house! I seal it in a jar with the Foodsaver, it will keep just about forever. It just never lasts as I use it almost daily!
Another crispy, nutritious, and flavorful substitute for celery may be Anise Root or Fennel (Bulb). It is very popular in the Northeast especially around Thanksgiving or Christmas, but because of more diverse populations now, it is easier to find it practically year round. It looks like a large greenish white onion with branches of fine feathery leaves coming off that is also great to store, freeze or use for salads, soups, or even sandwiches, or wraps! Enjoy!
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There is also a leafy plant called "lovage" that works in place of celery. The leaves can be cut very finely or dried and crushed for celery flavor. Use sparingly as it is very strong. I cut and dry the leaves to use all winter till the plant comes back in the spring. You can also use the stalks as straws in Bloody Mary's (I've heard). It can be found at your local greenhouse. It comes back every year and seems to get bigger and bigger. Very little care involved. (09/27/2006)
By Lisa H.
what a great idea! We too never use celery before it goes bad. I will have to give this a try.Thanks (09/28/2006)