Celery is delicious and healthy. No wonder it’s such a popular vegetable. But when you end up buying too much or growing too much in your garden, you might wonder “can I freeze my extra celery?” Yes, you can! Find out here how exactly to go about this and what you should bear in mind.
Freezing celery: How to stockpile
Celery is extremely versatile and luckily if you have too much of it left over, you can simply freeze it. Celery tolerates the cold, but prefers a bit of preparation beforehand.
Can you freeze celery?
Which kind of celery?
You may not know this, but not all celery is the same. Celery root and celery stalk are two variants. Both are edible, but they differ in the way they are prepared. The same goes for when they are frozen. So if you want to freeze your celery, it’s important to know which kind of celery you have. Celery root is a large, bumpy, brown vegetable with small green leaves. Celery stalk is stalk-shaped and usually quite large.
Freezing celery stalks
If you have some celery root left over, you can freeze it whether it’s raw or cooked.
Freezing cooked celery root doesn’t require much effort at all. Simply place the celery root in an airtight container once it’s cooled down, make sure it’s tightly closed, and place it in the freezer. The vegetable will keep there for up to three months.
If you want to freeze raw celery root, you should peel it first. Then cut it into small pieces and put them in a freezer bag or container. The celery root will keep for up to six months in the freezer. It is best to label the bag with the freezing date.
You can also freeze the leaves. They taste particularly good in soups or stews. First, wash the leaves thoroughly and then leave them out to dry. When they are completely dry, pull them from the stems, and cut them into the preferred portion size. Place them into a container with a lid and put them in the freezer. This way you will have a tasty supply that will last you several months.
What other food stuffs can you freeze? Believe it or not, there are quite a few! Find out the best way to freeze meat, freeze asparagus, and freeze rice. No more food wastage!