In this article, I am gonna share the grocery shop tricks to choose, wash, and store celery effectively. How they store celery for weeks.

It is really challenging to go to the market every day to buy celery. Maybe you like it but I don’t. People like me who are lazy and don’t wanna go to the grocery shop daily to purchase celery. This article is for them.

So, let’s dive into the matter.

How I choose celery | tricks no one’s talking about

This is the most important factor because you won’t be able to store celery for a week if you choose the wrong one. Three simple tricks to choose the freshest celery, see, pinch, and smell. 

You do have eyes that’s why you are reading this article. See before you buy it. fresh celery will be more green and there will be no yellowish or brown dots. Spot indicates that the celery is a bit older and you won’t be able to store it for longer.

Fresh celery
fresh celery

Fresh celery will be crisp. If you poke it with your nail you will hear a crispy sound. Noncrispy celery means the fibers have been dried and you will get less nutrition. 

The final step is to take the smell. If you find any odor that means you should go for another bag.

However, if you are buying pre-cut celery stalks, pay special attention to cut ends. A little dryness at the end is fine but a browny or yellowish look will tell you to take another bag. 

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How to wash celery

The trapped soil on the base of the celery stalks might cause brown-looking streaks on it. But that’s fine. You can get rid of that by washing it under cool water and rubbing it with fingers. Wash it thoroughly all the surfaces – the inside and outside, all the way from the top to the bottom.

washing celery stalks

Especially wash the bottom with a vegetable brush to ensure all the specks of dirt are removed.

In most cases, the bottom of the stalks can’t be cleaned completely. I usually cut the part off with a knife.

How to clean non-organic celery

Organic celery is 2-3 times more pricey than the organic one. On the other hand, organic celery might not be available all the time. So, you would need to juice non-organic celery sometime. And it is really important to wash it exceptionally well before juicing it, as non-organic celery contains pesticides. You might not want to get those enter your gut.

soak celery with baking soda solution
soak celery with baking soda solution

So, there are 2 ways to clean non organic celery

#No-1 | baking soda and water

Mix 1-ounce baking soda with 100-ounces water and soak celery for about 15 minutes in the solution. After 15 minutes, rinse it with pure water.

#No-2 | vinegar

Make a 100 ml solution with 20 ml vinegar and 80 ml water and soak it for about 20 minutes. To get the best result use full-strength vinegar. 

How to store

My favorite way to store celery is to wrap washed, dried celery stalks in an aluminum foil paper loosely.

Why loosely?

While entrapped tightly, celery may produce ethylene gas which further results in vegetal demise. It should be wrapped such way so that the produced ethylene gas can easily be escaped. Also, aluminum is eco-friendly along with prevents food waste.  

You can store celery in your fridge in the high humidity drawer. Do not put it in any cold spots since it freezes quickly. 

If your original packaging has been stripped you can pull off the stalks, wash them as described above and let them dry. Cut off about ½ inch or ¼ inch from either end of each stalk.

Take a dry paper towel and loosely wrap the stalks. Then simply put them in a plastic bag. 

Either way, you can store celery for 2-3 weeks.

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Alicia T Anderson

Hello guys, Myself Alicia T. Anderson, Drinking celery juice since 2019. So, I wanted to share my experiences through this blog. To know more about me click here