How to Keep Celery Fresh in the Fridge
When we buy celery from the grocery store, we hardly use all of them at once. Most of the recipes only require one or more ribs, and by the time we get to the rest of them, they get damaged beyond use. You know how it feels when you have to dump them unused. It’s not pretty at all, especially when you have a nagging wife like mine. It’s plainly annoying, to say the least.
Fortunately, there are quite a few things that can be done to keep celery last longer in your kitchen. Let me share with you the most simple kitchen trick that I have been using for all these years to keep my celery at peak freshness at all times. Frankly speaking, I am not really a kitchen nerd, but I have learned a few tricks of the trade over the years. So, let’s get to this insanely simple kitchen trick.
Keeping Celery Fresh in Fridge
So, the first thing you may want to do over here is trim off the ends and the attached leaves, if any. Now, you will be left with the good pieces that you want. Next, chop the celery sticks in half to make them easier to store. Then, you may want to wrap the celery in an aluminum foil. I generally grab the aluminum foil while I am shopping for the celery itself.
Finally, roll the celery in the aluminum foil and place it in the fridge. Make sure that it’s covered from both sides. Compromised seal won’t work over here. Basically, wrap it well inside the aluminum foil before storage. Let the celery hang out in the fridge until it’s needed for use.
How long will it last?
Believe it or not, the celery that you place in the fridge will still be as crispy as the day you got it. It doesn’t get simpler than this, isn’t it? Remember, if you store the celery in the fridge without the aluminum foil, it will get too cold. As a result, the water molecules will freeze and ruin the celery. If you want them to last, store them well-wrapped in an aluminum foil as mentioned above.
I promise you that the stored celery will last you up to 4 weeks. You can also push the storage time for a little over 4 weeks, and the celery will still come out fresh and crispy. Whenever you want a piece of it, unwrap the paper towel and pull out as much as you want and restore the leftovers.
Here are some pointers that will help over here. Do not wash the celery before storage because it could retain some moisture. As a result, its shelf life will get affected. Generally, I wash the ones that I pull out as and when I put them to use. So, I do not clean them at the time of storage. Also, you can use a damp paper towel instead of an aluminum foil to wrap the celery to enjoy crisp and delicious celery at all times without worrying about wastage.
Trust me; I was sitting on this information for all this while. For the many people reading this, I feel glad to have shared this little trick of mine. It’s a no-brainer method, so give it a try the next time around. Not sold yet? Listen, the entire Internet may lie, but not me. Let me back this method with some science to increase your trust and confidence. Good news: I can do that!
Science behind This Trick
Just that you know that this isn’t a BS-post meant to mess around with your time, let me explode past the boundaries of a normal blogger. For your satisfaction, let me actually throw out some science behind the trick. So, allow me to tell you why this method actually works. Remember, the fresh celery that you get from the grocery store generally has the right amount of moisture content in it.
When we wrap it in an aluminum foil or a damp paper towel what we essentially do is retain the moisture, exactly where it’s needed. By maintaining the balance of moisture, we increase its shelf life without triggering decomposition. The aluminum foil or paper towel used over here will allow the celery to breathe, and not loose moisture at the same time. So, now you might be convinced that I am not pulling a stunt on you. This method actually works.
Can you use a Plastic Bag instead?
In this day and age, plastic bags are all over the place. It might be tempting to use the plastic bag for the storage of celery. Most of you guys may be already using it at the time of reading this post. All you folks out there, here’s what you need to know if you are using a plastic bag to store celery. The plastic bag traps ethylene gas. As a result, it accelerates moisture loss and spoilage.
Therefore, it should not come as a surprise when the stored celery tastes like a cardboard when you try to use it after several weeks of storage in a plastic bag. Eek! I might have crossed the limit over here, but I not really a fan of plastic bag storage. On the other hand, a foil allows the ripening ethylene gas to escape. Hence, you can expect the celery to last longer when wrapped in an aluminum foil. Hope, this eye-opener will help you a great deal.
This little trick works, and it’s super easy. So, the next time your recipe demands celery, don’t panic. Use this solution to store your celery, and you should do well. Remember, not to buy too much of them in the first place because it will still take some real estate in your fridge. So, I don’t buy too much of them at once. I know that I will be able to preserve them for weeks, but I don’t want my fridge to be jam-packed at all times. If limited fridge space is a common problem for you, it’s better to keep this little advice in mind as well.