Food Storage: Celery

Friday, May 2, 2008

Celery is a cooking basic. It's an extremely versatile aromatic vegetable that is enjoyed both hot and cold around the world. Celeries ability to be used in almost every dish makes it a good choice to buy in bulk. Here is advice on the selection and storage of celery to help ensure you get the maximum out of your purchase.

Celery Selection
Celery is commonly sold in two forms, in loose bunches normally accompanied by leafy tops and celery hearts. The hearts are a term for celery that has been trimmed of it's leaves and exterior ribs.

Celery that is light green will be more tender and and flavorful. Darker green stalks will be tougher but provide more nutrition. No matter what color your prefer here is what you should know about selection and storage.

What to look for:

  • Tight bunches
  • Sturdy
  • Crisp
  • Even Colored
  • Healthy Green leaves and stems
  • Glossy finish
  • Firm
What to avoid:
  • Limp
  • Brown
  • Spotted
  • Yellow
  • Bruised or broken

Celery Storage:

To store fresh celery simply wrap in loose plastic bag and place in refrigerator crisper. This should hold the celery for two weeks. If it begins to wilt, simply soak it in ice water a few moments before you use it.

You can also freeze celery if needed. Cut in to pieces and then blanch for three minutes before freezing.