How to Store Celery

Yuck.  No one wants to pull out celery and discover that it looks like this.  Long ago, I wrote about how to revive limp celery and shortly afterwards learned how to keep it from getting limp in the first place.

A couple of days ago, when I was writing about my Bluapple, I wanted to link to the trick I’d learned . . . only to discover that while I’d mentioned it a couple of times in passing, I’d never done a post.  Well, time to change that!

Celery gets limp as it loses moisture.  If you store it tightly wrapped in aluminum foil, it doesn’t dehydrate.  I’ve discovered that I have better results if I leave the cut end just barely poking out of the foil — when it’s in the foil, I’ve had problem with moisture accumulating in the foil and the celery rotting.

I’ve tried using a plastic bag instead of foil — seems to me that it would do the same thing — and for some reason it doesn’t work nearly as well.  If I leave the bag open, the celery still dries out and gets limp.  And if I close it up, I get condensation and rot.  In contrast, celery will last three weeks or more in foil.

The secret to keeping celery fresh for weeks turned out to be pretty simple, once I learned it.

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18 Comments
  • Lorry Reynish
    Posted at 23 December 2013 Reply

    To be stored in the fridge?

  • Nicki Pendergast
    Posted at 23 December 2013 Reply

    Helpful

  • Ken Roach
    Posted at 23 December 2013 Reply

    Do you refrigerate it in the foil, or leave it in cool-ambient temps like we would with onions and potatoes ?

    This is a neat hint !

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 23 December 2013 Reply

      I usually refrigerate it, primarily because I can usually only find celery that has already been refrigerated. If it’s never been refrigerated, it’ll do okay outside the refrig in a cool place, but it’s only when I can get it at a farmer’s market that I can find some that hasn’t been refrigerated. For more info on storing veggies without refrigeration: http://theboatgalley.com/storing-veggies-refrigeration/

  • Sylvia
    Posted at 23 December 2013 Reply

    Carolyn, You are an amazing woman! You just keep searching
    until you get something right. I was just looking at my celery the other
    day wondering what is the best way to store.
    You have been very helpful as we refurbish our boat to get
    ready to circumnavigate the globe.
    I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season.
    Sylvia

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 23 December 2013 Reply

      Thanks Sylvia! Many of “my” tips come from readers — I try to give credit to them but every so often I lose the information and feel horrible that I’m not giving credit. Where possible, I do try the tricks before writing them up — both to confirm that they work and because it makes my life better, too!

  • Ginny
    Posted at 24 December 2013 Reply

    I find this to be true on our s/v Jabiroo II, I also do it with carrots and peppers. Recently I have purchased produce containers from Tupperware and am very impressed with them. I wash my produce then store them in these containers and my romaine and kale is getting 12-14 days with no slimy stuff!

  • Edie Rosner
    Posted at 13 July 2014 Reply

    I always use aluminum foil to store my veges in the refridgerator. I can keep peppers forever it seems and carrots, as well as others. I dont have good luck with celery in foil so I will definitely try this..thanks for the info.

  • Angie
    Posted at 21 December 2014 Reply

    i used to laugh when my mom would wrap celery in aluminum foil. She has since passed away and I can just hear her saying “see, I’m not a fool,”. Oh her voice resonates in my ears!

  • Richard
    Posted at 21 December 2014 Reply

    If you store it in a ziplock plastic bag, just put a folded paper towel in the bag. The paper towel absorbs the excess moisture and the celery won’t go bad.

  • Chrystal Henthorne
    Posted at 22 December 2014 Reply

    Works with lettuce in the Fridge….not sure about outside the fridge.

  • Christy Pyatt
    Posted at 24 December 2014 Reply

    Marie Sultana Robinson check it out!

  • Kimberly Krause
    Posted at 08 September 2015 Reply

    I cut the bottom off and stick the stalk in a glass of water. It rehydrates it in a couple hours. Might not be the best solution for a boat…but it works if you forgot to do the aluminum foil bit and you do end up with rubbery limo celery.

  • Denise Arsenault
    Posted at 08 September 2015 Reply

    I’ve been doing this for some time now and I also wrap my lettuce and cheese in foil. It’s surprising how long it will last

  • Beth Allen McLeod
    Posted at 08 September 2015 Reply

    Awesome! I didn’t know that! Thanks!

  • Mary Caruthers
    Posted at 08 September 2015 Reply

    I did this, decided I did not want aluminum touching the food, so put parchment paper inside before you do the aluminum or paper towel. The paper towel has to be changed out though do to it collects moisture and becomes wet. So I switched to parchment paper… It works

  • Gerben Van Duyl
    Posted at 30 August 2016 Reply

    Ruki

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