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Freezing Celery 

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not a celery eater.  Never have been.

But, I do like cooking with it every now and then for the flavor it add to foods.

When I do cook with it, I usually only need a small amount of it. Like 1-2 stalks of it, so there is always a bunch left over. It’s not expensive, but I don’t like wasting good produce. I also like to have as many cooking supplies on hand as I can, since we live about 30 minutes from the store and it’s a pain to load all three kids up, just to get one ingredient.

So to save a little money and a whole lot of time I started freezing my celery. It’s super easy and super handy to have!

 

Since I have some picky kids….and I can be a little picky every now and then too, I like to cut my celery into small pieces.

I will take a stalk and slice into 3-4 strips….

Then I just dice them into small pieces.

Once I have it all diced up I will spread out onto a rimmed cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

You don’t have to use parchment paper, I just find that it makes getting them off and put away, after the are frozen, a whole lot eaiser.

Then I just stick them into the freezer making sure the pan is flat so they don’t spill all over the place.

The day I was doing this I also had some bell pepper slices leftover and was freezing them to use at a later time. Bell peppers are something else I don’t use a lot, but it’s really nice to have them on hand for the times I need them.

They probably only take 3-4 hours at most to freeze solid, or you can stick them in over night…..

or you can stick them in and forget about them for a few days, like I did, then finally get to bagging them up 2-3 days later. Whatever works 😉

Once they are frozen dump them into a ziploc bag that’s been labeled with what you have and when you put them in and you are good to go. Now next time you need some celery just go grab a handful and throw it in your recipe.

They should easily last 6 months to a year in the freezer.

*With anything I put into the freezer in ziploc bags, I always suggest getting the name brand bags. They are thicker and better quality and will help your food to last longer in the freezer.

Hope this helps you out! Enjoy!

JP

 

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