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Can you freeze fresh celery? I buy it by the bunch, but cannot use all of it before it is just not usable. Can you process and freeze?
By Lisa T.
You can wash, slice and freeze celery but it won't be crunchy when thawed. It is fine to use in soups or stews but no good for using in tuna salad or something like that.
I have read through the posts, but have not seen my question. I froze some cut up celery. After thawing it out, I see it has some browning to it. Will it still be safe to use for my stew? Thank you.
It is safe to use in your stew. I often freeze celery tops and leaves for this purpose. I, also, freeze diced onion in 1/2 cup portions.
Can I, and if so, how do I freeze celery?
I would not suggest freezing celery because of the high moisture content. It will be brown and mushy when you defrost it. However, celery is a great candidate for dehydrating. Slice it thin and follow the instructions on the dehydrator. You can dry the leaves as well.
Dehydrated celery should keep for a long time. Use in soups and sauces that require simmering or boiling. The dried leaves are an interesting herb similar to parsley.
Can you freeze celery and if so for how long?
By Sharon Rafferty from East Hampton, NY
Yes. I do it all the time. I wash, dry and chop the celery and freeze it in plastic bags. When I need some to cook with I can help my self. If you are not going to cook with it you better not freeze it because it will be limp when it thaws.
I rarely use celery fresh, so after I buy it and wash it. I chop it all up, saute the entire head then freeze in a bag in the freezer.
I grow about 6 bunches of celery in my garden every year and I put the excess in the freezer to be used in soups and stews over the winter. Not good for salad. Just wash and remove as much moisture as possible, cut in small pieces, put in freezer container, will keep several months, enjoy!
I bo't a huge bunch of celery and wasn't using it fast enough. Since it was Fall and my baseboard heaters were coming on I cut the celery into 1/8" pieces and threaded them onto a long thread with a needle and hung them above the heater. I spaced them so none were touching each other. They were completely dry in about 4 days and took up no space at all in a sterile jar. After two days and again after that it's wise to check for moisture.
I rarely use celery but like to have it on hand when I impulsively want to make a soup. I discovered dried celery flakes and it's pretty powerful when added to a soup. My freezer space is at a premium so it works for me!
Do you have to blanch sliced celery? Can you just freeze celery that's cut into 1/2 inch pieces?
By Lis F.
Yes. Wash it and dry it thoroughly (so ice crystals do not form on it after freezing, which makes it deteriorate faster) and try and get as much air out of the container you are freezing it in, before freezing. Peppers and onions can also be frozen in this manner.
Oh, I made myself unclear. No, you do not have to blanch(e?) first. Just wash and dry.
I bought celery when it was cheap around Thanksgiving. I washed it, made sure it was real dry, chopped it up, and froze it. I put it in pint bags, but didn't stuff the bags. That way, when it was frozen good and hard, I just smack the bags on the counter, and it breaks up, and I use just as much as I want. I never blanch it. It works out real well, and when I cook with it, it looks and tastes and cooks like fresh. I always have better luck freezing veggies when I don't blanch them, and we are talking about 40 years of doing it.
How do I keep celery fresh and crisp, and freeze it at the same time?
Celery freezes pretty well, but of course, it is not going to look like or taste (same texture mainly) like it does fresh. Wash it well, but make sure it is very dry before freezing, water crystals that form will deteriorate it as times goes on. Onions, green peppers also can be frozen without blanching. Freezing is a convenient way to add these things to meatloaf, soups, etc. while not necessarily having them fresh on hand.
Oh, also, pack it tightly leaving as little air as possible inside the freezing container. This applies to everything you freeze.
Because of the water content in celery it will never be crisp again once frozen and will only be suitable for cooking. You can freeze it blanched or unblanched but blanching will stop the enzymes that cause quality to deteriorate in the freezer.
I always have celery left over and want to know how to peserve it for later use without it going bad. Can I freeze it?
Certainly you can freeze it but it will not be crunchy when thawed. It won't be suitable for using in tuna or potato salad, for example, but it will be fine in a soup or stew.
Can you freeze celery?
Yes, as you can buy it frozen in the store. I have done it twice, I first cut it, then blanched it, pat it dry and then froze it in a ziplog bag. When it thaws, it isn't as crisp,so would not work for salads, but works great for stews and soups.
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Can you freeze celery? If so, how and how long does it keep in the freezer?
By Deb from Long Prairie, MN
I always freeze celery because I can't use it fast enough. I prepare it as if I were going to use it (wash and slice) then put it in Ziploc bags and put it in the freezer. I can scoop out as much as I want at a time for whatever. I've kept it for about 6 months at a time I think, maybe longer. It's always good. (06/07/2010)
I agree with GlensMom, you must know that it is usable in cooked recipes, but not raw. (06/09/2010)
Unlike what I have heard and read, I cut up my celery and place on a flat pan, like a cookie pan, and spread it out to freeze it. After about an hour, it can be placed in a ziplock bag for use in future cooking.
By ghc630 from New Orleans, LA
|I got a bargain on celery today. Can I freeze it? I will only be using it in casserols and cooked foods. Also, how can I give it a long refrigerator life? I don't use it often.|
Thanks for any help.
|Yes, you can freeze celery. Wash and dry it very well, then slice or dice it as you would for your cooked recipe. Spread the diced celery on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer until frozen. Transfer to a freezer bag or other container for storage.|
Also, if you want to keep some fresh in the fridge, wrap it in aluminum foil. It will keep several weeks like that.
|Annette, I freeze celery . I just stick the bag it comes in , inside a couple bread sacks to protect from freezer burn, and put it in the freezer. Then I just break off how much I need , chop or dice, when I need it. I can't tell the difference in the cooked recipes. It would not however, be crunchy like it is when it is fresh. Carol|
|By Carol Smith|
|Be sure to lay your celery on a cookie sheet or plate to freeze first, like LanaAnn says, or you'll have to chisel it off of the ball that it'll be in if you toss it all in a baggie before freezing it, like I did. I'll be much easier the other way. It's hard to chisel the correct amount you need. Much easier to reach in or pour out how much you need.|
|I watched martha stewart on TV once. She said if you wrap the celery completely in foil it will last 3 weeks in your refrigerator. i tried this and it really works.|
|By debbie (Guest Post)|
|As with freezing a lot of things, the texture will change. I suppose would be okay for cooked recipes though.|
I always wrap my fresh celery in foil. I found that to work very, very well.
If you have fresh celery that has already become limp, cut the root end off and sitck all the stocks into a container of water and place in the fridge. The stalks will drink the water up and be rejuventated.
|By Lorelee Gordon|