Introduction: Keep Celery Fresh for Weeks

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If you're anything like me you buy celery with the best intentions and then a week later it's soft, oddly colored and a little funky. I love celery, but I just don't use it all that often. This is a trick I found on the internets for keeping celery fresh that actually works!

Step 1: What You Need:

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It's simple! Two things: - celery - aluminum foil

Step 2: Prepping

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Chop the top and bottom off the celery! Save these bits in a ziplock bag in the freezer - they're amazing for stock making.

Step 3: Wrapping + Results

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Once the ends have been trimmed off, wrap the celery tightly in aluminum foil. All you need in one sheet - don't go crazy with it :D It'll just make it frustrating to get out later and won't change how well it works. The celery to the right of the wrapped celery in the second picture has been in my fridge for about three weeks now and it's still perfect! I'm really impressed with how well it works and I think I'll keep doing this forever and ever.

Comments

maxhuey (author)2012-12-30

been trying to avoid aluminum product as much as I could, research shows aluminum in the hair of Alzheimer victim.

ManifoldSky (author)maxhuey2012-12-31

Aluminum has nothing to do with Alzheimer's.

rhodge-1 (author)ManifoldSky2017-04-20

Aluminum cookware leaches into acidic foods when cooking; shorts out the neurons in the nervous system; autopsies have shown that to be true.

Popcorn in a bag does put metalic salts into the popcorn as well.

ManifoldSky (author)rhodge-12017-04-20

"Aluminum cookware leaches into acidic foods when cooking; shorts out the neurons in the nervous system; autopsies have shown that to be true."
Aluminum does not short out neurons in the nervous system (as opposed to where?!?) and autopsies have shown nothing of the kind.
Neuroscience is my field, and nothing you wrote is true.

maxhuey (author)ManifoldSky2012-12-31

It all depends on who you talk to. For example if you talk to the foil industry, that is what they will say. Even some "independent" medical research will agree with what you said. For years that is what I knew until I started to read a few medical reports (not internet hear say) and some autopsy report. I am not the one to decide if ,Aluminum has anything to do with Alzheimer but let just say after reading those reports, I'd rather be on the side of caution. Google is your friend.

ManifoldSky (author)maxhuey2012-12-31

There is no empirical evidence, independent or otherwise, that supports this contention. There is not need to consult Google. I worked
In the field of neuroscience, and keep up to date on the research. The aluminum issue was out to bed a decade ago.

rhodge-1 (author)ManifoldSky2017-04-20

Mother used aluminum cookware for many years; it got pits in it if a acidic food was left in it.

ManifoldSky (author)rhodge-12017-04-20

So?
That has literally nothing to do with whether or not Aluminum causes Alzheimer's. It doesn't.

maxhuey (author)ManifoldSky2013-01-01

You could be right, I still doubt it though... :-)

ManifoldSky (author)maxhuey2013-01-01

Well, it really is not an issue of right or wrong. It certainly could be that all the evidence is mistaken, and that aluminum actually does play a role. The fact is, however, that currently there really is no evidence at all to support this hypothesis. What few studies have been done that suggest such a link have either failed to be replicated, or have multiple interpretations that fail to definitively indicate any role for aluminum. In addition, the positive results of trials of drugs that interact with amyloid plaques and/or neurofibroid tangles, that have no known interaction with aluminum, also point in a different direction.

rhodge-1 (author)ManifoldSky2017-04-20

Asbestos is harmless as well; they used to say. Hmmm? Wonder why that is not true now?

ManifoldSky (author)rhodge-12017-04-20

So what? "They" thought asbestos was harmless until it was subjected to scientific analysis. That analysis showed that it was not.
That same scientific process has examined aluminum. I has nothing to do with Alzheimer's.

maxhuey (author)ManifoldSky2013-01-02

Let's just say - I don't like the taste of aluminum molecule, I am different! Just look at my photo... LOL but, you are more than welcome to eat all the aluminum you want...

ManifoldSky (author)maxhuey2017-04-20

No, it doesn't. If "who [sic] you talk to" is even remotely versed in the science, there is only one position: aluminum has nothing to do with Alzheimer's.
And I don't need Google. My degree is in the field.

rhodge-1 (author)maxhuey2017-04-20

It takes acids and such to leach the metal into/on the foods.

demxod8 (author)maxhuey2013-01-01

judging from your profile picture I would say aluminum is the least of your concerns. :)

maxhuey (author)demxod82013-01-01

hehehe... you are probably right, but I can't remember why? Alzheimer kicked in?

LizE16 (author)2016-04-28

I have the original Tupperware Celery Crisper (this one is long, not tall) and the matching Lettuce Crisper from the 60'70's from my Mom - Still use them regularly thanks for the flashback :)

rhodge-1 (author)LizE162017-04-20

Accidentally gave mine away this Easter; was not sure what it was and my sister gave it to her daughter; (sniff-all that frustration of dehydrating celery ! and, too late I found out I had a solution already; gone now.

Tupperware quit making them for some silly reason.

MISTHULA (author)2017-01-10

i know that the restaurants and grocery stores that used to have salad bars stored their cut-up veggies for salads in 5 gal. food grade buckets of water, which no doubt also contained something like Fruitfresh or citric acid; as both keep fruits and veggies fresh longer.

Aquazi (author)2016-04-11

Is it safe?

ahoier (author)2015-10-02

lol...I've seen this before....and never believed it until i tried it.....suffering with elevated BP my doc advised me to try celery.....but the problem being it just don't keep fresh...WHY does this work....anyone know WHY?

peabody3000 (author)ahoier2016-03-22

the aluminum allows ripening ethelyne gas to escape

kmcdowell4 (author)2013-01-09

hai.. FYI: if you cut off the bottom.. you can put it in a bowl of water and grow more lettus :) thanks for sharing this

wirose99 (author)kmcdowell42015-08-23

from the celery stalk??

ahoier (author)wirose992015-10-02

Yep, I've heard of this too....save the 'ends' - not the leafy part.....and you can transplant it....gotta let it soak in a tray of water for a couple days until you have roots though ;)

BettyC10 (author)2015-09-18

dslinnard (author)2013-06-13

You deserve a Noble prize for your discovery, simple but brilliant. The celery marketing board (if there is one) should be all over this. Now I'm not put off buying celery because I don't want 90% to go to waste. Utterly brilliant and yes I have tried it numerous times and it keeps it fresh for over a month. Thank you.

MartinMakes (author)2013-02-05

Nice one.

feliica (author)2012-12-24

Do you think this trick would apply to other vegetables?

macgyver71 (author)feliica2012-12-30

I've kept carrots that way. Best way to find out is to try it with a few pieces of whatever veg you have in mind (don't do the whole batch, in case it doesn't hold out).

Katie5757 (author)macgyver712013-01-01

Take the tops off carrots, the leaves also draw out the water.
Put them in a vented plastic bag, and they are there for life..

macgyver71 (author)Katie57572013-01-04

When I wrap in Alum, I do lop the tops (sorry I ommitted that). They do keep a very long time in the vented plastic (tiny-holed bags the grocers put them out in), but the foil almost seems crisper. I should preface that with: the wife & kids say they can't tell, so it might be wishful thinking on my part. :)
But lopping the leaves off is a MUST, thank you for pointing that out! :)

dropkick (author)macgyver712012-12-30

It also works with green peppers and broccoli, but most other vegetables require different environments. Lettuce will last and stay crisp in a closed plastic bag if you package it with a paper towel (to absorb moisture) and occasionally let some fresh air into the bag. Carrots often do well with no container or in a paper bag (old limp carrots can be made crisp again by soaking in ice water for an hour or two). Asperagas lasts best if you treat it like it was a flower and put the open ends of the stems in water (in the refrigerator) and then cover the tops with plastic. Tomatoes should be kept stem side down, in a paper bag. Mushrooms should always be in a paper bag, not plastic.

macgyver71 (author)dropkick2012-12-30

Yeah, asparagus kept in a container of water stay great (ramekins work awesome for that), and lettuce can get finicky...Didn't think about them. Only spot I differ is tomatoes...I was always taught to keep them out of the fridge. (sorry if it sidetracks to original post)

dropkick (author)macgyver712012-12-30

It also works with green peppers and broccoli, but most other vegetables require different environments. Lettuce will last and stay crisp in a closed plastic bag if you package it with a paper towel (to absorb moisture) and occasionally let some fresh air into the bag. Carrots often do well with no container or in a paper bag (old limp carrots can be made crisp again by soaking in ice water for an hour or two). Asperagas lasts best if you treat it like it was a flower and put the open ends of the stems in water (in the refrigerator) and then cover the tops with plastic. Tomatoes should be kept stem side down, in a paper bag. Mushrooms should always be in a paper bag, not plastic.

Katie5757 (author)2012-12-30

Cut the leaves off your celery.. these are what "expire" the water content. Place in a plastic bag, and there you go for a month or more.
Actually who wants to keep celery for a month.. I de-leave it, wash it (leaves and all), cut the stalks in to 2 or three, and use it as wanted.

GitarGr8 (author)Katie57572013-01-01

Thanks, I was wondering if it was the foil that did something special. I use your method to store celery as well after I got tired of wasting so much food after I make a batch of soup.

HelenaTroy (author)2012-12-31

I'm now-and-then with celery, too - and I've thrown away more than I've eaten - there's only so much you can force-feed yourself in a few days. Ill definitely try this, thanks for shaing

ccesclk (author)2012-12-30

You can also plant the bottom of the celery that you cut off. It will grow and give you fresh celery in about 4 weeks.

tayzzmom (author)2012-12-30

If memory serves, in the 50s or 60s, Tupperware made a tall container just to store celery in. You stood it up in water and it kept for quite a while. I remember my mom doing that. This is a great instructable and aluminum foil is a lot cheaper than Tupperware nowadays....lol!

don34685 (author)2012-12-28

Great idea! I'll try it the next time I buy celery (soon, ham and bean soup is calling). Thanks.

Sunflowergurl (author)don346852012-12-30

I put my in a jug of mineral water and put it in the fridge, and it keeps for a long time but I eat a lot of it most days, so the longest I've kept it like this in about one and half weeks and it's still very fresh and crispy.

WoundedEgo (author)2012-12-30

It might be good to put a paper towel between the celery and the foil to absorb moisture.

I take the bottom of the celery and put it in water until it sprouts a root and then plant it and grow new celery. It roots very easily.

linny (author)WoundedEgo2012-12-30

definitely. The paper towel trick works also for stalks of asparagus.

lnxusr (author)linny2012-12-30

I trim the ends of my asparagus and put them in a mason jar with water in the fridge. Keeps them fresh well over a week.

I do this with cilantro and parsley too, but I don't keep them in the fridge. They'll last three weeks or more sitting on the counter like this. Just change the water every couple of days or so.

gnach (author)2012-12-30

Mine's wilting too!
-thanks for the tip.

Cmdrdpaul (author)2012-12-30

Same with the fresh corn tortillas I buy at the tatorilla as well as cheese etc. retards the growth of mold. But I wasn't using it on my celery, I will now though Thanks

linny (author)2012-12-30

Thanks for this tip, but, why not eat veggies while fresh instead! Variation: try cutting celery stalks into ½ inch slices and marinate them in a thinned-down (with vineagar) salad dressing/homemade curry & mustard dressing. Drain them after several hours and toss these marinated celery slices in a salad or serve as a side dish. Don't try to save veggies, instead buy them in lesser quantities - if you can - and eat them right away. Unless you live 10 mi. or more from a store and have to stock up, I think it is best to eat food while it's fresh.

TheOneTrueStickman (author)linny2012-12-30

That would be great if my store sold smaller quantities of celery. Unfortunately, the smallest bunches they sell are about the size of Jessie's, so even though I drive past said store on the way to work every day keeping the celery I've got fresh is the far more economical option.

Having said that, if I had space for a some fresh growing celery I'd do give that a try instead.

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