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Old 01-02-2010, 10:47 AM
 
Location: DC
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I hate celery, but do use it in things like soups. The problem is, it's nearly impossible to buy only the 2-3 ribs of celery that I need, so I'm left with a big bag of celery that just goes bad. If I were to chop it up and freeze the leftover celery, would it still be ok?

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Old 01-02-2010, 10:55 AM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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It'll be limp, not crisp, when you defrost it. But that wouldn't matter for most soups.
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Looking East and hoping!
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Don't freeze as it will limp on you. Wrap toghtly in foil and it lasts longer. There are times I'll just but the sealed packets meant for crudite platters.
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:41 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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it's nearly impossible to buy only the 2-3 ribs of celery that I need
That's the reason my soups and sauces usually end up with lots of celery in them. Good thing I'm a celery lover. But, celery is only 25 cents a bunch round here, so if I have to toss some unneeded stalks it isn't painful to my wallet.
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Old 01-02-2010, 11:47 AM
 
Location: DC
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Thanks! It's not so much the money (here it's about a $1) as it is that I can't stand throwing so much away. I'll never eat it raw, so maybe I'll try freezing some. If all that'll do is make it limp, that's not a big deal to me.
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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I use celery in soups, stews, stir fry, and chicken or tuna salad. I also like it raw with dips or filled with peanut butter. That said, I rarely use the up celery in less than 3 weeks but it seems to last just fine if I wrap it in damp paper towels and then in the plastic produce bag.

I'm not sure how well it would freeze, but my gut instinct tells me not very well.
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Pawnee Nation
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I do use it in soups, stews, and casseroles. I treat it like onions. When I chop an onion up, I will rarely use the whole thing. So I dice it fairly small, put it in a freezer bag and freeze what I don't use. When I need some onion or celery in a dish, I simply use the quantity I need and put the rest back in the freezer.

I dice and freeze the leaves of celery separately......they have a stronger flavor and work well in Italian sauces.


BTW, I only use frozen stuff for everyday meals. If I am preparing for company or to take with me somewhere I only use fresh produce...........
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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Celery freezes fine for anything you would use "cooked" celery in. It does not freeze well as "raw" celery.
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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I dice and freeze the leaves of celery separately......they have a stronger flavor and work well in Italian sauces.

Love the celery leaves! Unfortunately, most of the time my grocery store is selling celery with most of the leaves trimmed off.
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:16 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Celery freezes fine for anything you would use "cooked" celery in. It does not freeze well as "raw" celery.
Excellent point, which explains why the celery chunks in my soups and sauces are perfectly acceptable after spending time in the freezer.
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