How many times have we all gone to the store and bought a some celery to only need a couple stocks and then a few days later it is all soft and wilted? This is even after putting it that nifty little vegetable draw specifically designed to keep those veggies crisp. Seriously, how annoying and how wasteful!
Well, there are two ways to store celery in the fridge and storing it up right in water is not one of them.
So why does the celery go limp in the fridge so quickly? Some say it’s the ethyelene gas found in fruits and vegetables. Ethyelene gas promotes ripening and as they age there is even more production of it if it stays too close to the vegetable. However, this is completely contradictory to how the celery is stored and maintains crispness. I’m going to keep researching this because for the life of me I’m having the hardest time finding the answer. I even went over to Serious Eat Food Lab to try to find answer and they have nothing. So weird people.
Anyways, so what does work? Well, there are two ways to store celery in the fridge and storing it up right in water is not one of them. It’s everywhere on the interwebz and much like a lot of other things, it’s wrong.
This works and it’s super easy. I’ve had mine last up to 3 weeks and if I’m really pushing it, I sometimes manage 4 weeks. However, that’s usually reserved for things like stock and soups.
Paper Towel and Plastic Zip Lock Bag
Cut the celery off the end so they are all separate. Wrap paper towels around them and then you place in a large plastic bag and seal it. This way does last maybe a day or two longer than the aluminum foil.
So, the next time a recipe only calls for a few sticks of celery, there is no need to panic and find search out a new recipe quickly. Use these tips to store your celery in the fridge and will be ok.