How to Keep Celery Fresh for up to 3 Weeks Longer!
How to Keep Celery Fresh in the Fridge for Longer
I am so glad I happened upon this little tip about how to keep celery fresh for longer in the fridge. I don’t know how many times I buy celery, use a stalk or two, and then just a few days later it is sad, limp and wilted! So annoying and so wasteful!
However, I love celery. It’s healthy, tasty, and there’s so much you can do with it. You can use it in a salad, eat it on its own, put some peanut butter on it, make soup with it… and the list goes on.
That’s why when I saw this simple hack to keep celery fresh for longer, I just had to try it out. It ended up working so well that I just had to share it here with all of you!
This is probably the quickest and easiest trick ever. All you need is some aluminum foil! I wish I had known about it sooner because it only takes a few minutes to do and it could have saved me so much money!
Once you have your aluminum foil and celery ready, cut the ends of your celery and then you’re ready to wrap it!
Wrap Your Celery
Wrap the celery nice and tight with the aluminum foil, but not too tight to where it’s squishing the celery. Once you’ve done that, put the celery in the vegetable/crisper drawer in your fridge.
That’s all there is to it! This little trick works great and extends the life of your celery by about 2-3 weeks!
How Does it Work?
This method seems a bit weird at first right? How come wrapping your celery in aluminum foil keeps it fresh but keeping it in a plastic bag doesn’t?
Well, it all comes down to a bit of science. Like all plants, celery releases a gas called ethylene which helps it ripen. When you keep your celery in a plastic bag, the ethylene gets trapped and causes the celery to over-ripen.
By storing the celery in aluminum foil, the ethylene can still escape but the moisture stays in, leaving your celery crisp and fresh. Pretty cool, right?
Uses for Celery
Although this will make your celery last longer, it won’t make it last forever! That’s why we’re going to give you some tips on how to use it up. We already listed some ideas above, but here are few more good ways to use celery:
- Celery juice – This is a really popular (and healthy) way to use leftover celery! Check out this recipe from Feasting at Home.
- Pickled – Celery is a great candidate for pickling! Try this recipe from A Farmgirl’s Dabbles.
- Roasted – This is a simple way to add some flavor to your celery.
All in all, this is an awesome way to make your celery last about 2-3 weeks longer in the fridge. That means less food waste and more savings!
Keep in mind this trick won’t make your celery last forever. If it’s starting to look bad, throw it out. Eating spoiled celery could cause you to get sick.
P.S. If you’re wondering how to keep lettuce fresh (and cabbage), you can use the same trick! Thanks for leaving that great tip in the comments, Glenda! Let us know if you have any other food freshness hacks!
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