by wag.mado@evpl on Friday, June 12 2009, 10:45am. Viewed 1,364 times.

celeryIt's that time of the year when the refrigerator is filled with an abundance of fresh produce. So, it wasn't a surprise that I received a reference question regarding the best way to keep celery fresh and crisp in the refrigerator. My first thought was to wash and cut the celery and put it in a glass pickle jar with a lid and a little water in the bottom, since that's the way my mother always kept her celery fresh. However, I soon discovered something I wasn't expecting - there are many opinions regarding proper storage of celery.

There's the plastic bag without perforations method, the wrap in aluminum foil process, the layer with damp cloth and/or perforated bag technique, and an airtight container approach (plastic or glass). There's wash and do not wash, AND any combination of the above mentioned. In fact, there are so many variations to choose, I soon understood how someone would ask for assistance with this baffling task. There are even conflicting ways to revive limp celery. Is it in ice water, or in lukewarm water? Of course, there are also different types of celery. I don't even want to go there!

So, if anyone out there has a definitive answer, please let the rest of the world in on it. Celery is a tough vegetable to figure out.

Happy crunching!

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on Friday, June 12 2009, 4:27pm

I say eat it before it goes bad. If I put it in a container of any sort, I forget it's there.

Did you know that if you "shave" the celery it makes it more tender, even before you cook it. I suppose that's because you take the outer layer off. Kind of like shaving a carrot.

on Friday, June 12 2009, 4:59pm

Yes, I did see that in a few places while I was searching. I believe it was included on one website that focused on reviving celery by shaving, using lukewarm water and then refrigerating.

gawell@evpl wrote
on Tuesday, June 16 2009, 10:35am

A combination method may work best. I'd ask a grocer how long celery stays fresh without refrigeration, I know that they like to shower with cool water and play 'Singin' in the Rain' which keeps their toes tapping, or where their toes would be if they hadn't been chopped off. Of course freezing gets them super crispy. I wouldn't be surprised if some scientist hasn't conducted exhaustive tests to determine a definitive answer, and then another comes along and either verifies the findings or discovers that definitive isn't so singular. As far as celery goes, yes, eat fresh and eat often. I think a 3 day rule might be a starting point for experimenting, if you haven't eaten it all up in 6 days, you are either buying too much or not liking it enough, consider turnips. Or get a root cellar; a basement works well or pretty much any hole in the ground

will do. Some call digging a hole backbreaking work, others call it exercise, and it doesn't have to be all that deep. I do have some questions about buying in bulk, for some non-perishables it works great, some things really are less expensive by the dozens. The most fragile of vegetables and fruits need to be eaten soon; they can't wait for convenience and forgetfulness or a lack of appreciation. Any money saved by getting a too large quantity, is lost in waste. But really if you are not eating celery every day, better to stick to only what you can eat in three days. Therefore THE definitive answer might be:

The fresher you can eat celery the actual more beneficial it is, plus ask your grocer about small, medium, and large sizes without penalizing a small size user. Also point out how some people like peanut butter with celery and if they stopped buying celery they might stop buying peanut butter too, and cream cheese, could be less stir fry, etc, it really can be a snowball effect. I’ve noticed in the current economic recovery, merchants are paying a little more attention to cleanliness, friendliness and some accommodating to solve the celery dilemma could go a long way in settling definitive answers.

Benefits of Celery

According to Hippocrates (the father of medicine), celery calms the nerve – perhaps because of the high calcium content. It’s good on kidney and will help eliminate body’s waste through the urine. The seeds, leaves and edible root of the plant can all be used. Celery is used in aromatherapy and other traditional way of healing like Ayurveda. In Japan, rheumatic patients are sometimes put on a celery only diet.


when celery starts to wilt cook it and take it all the way to extra wilty, it will keep a little longer as cooked and you can still freeze it to super crispy.