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Last post Nov 21, 2007 5:12 PM by Bosox_MA . 10 replies.


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  • how to freeze celery
    does anyone know how to freeze celery carrots and onions thanks alot happy holidays to everyone beth
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  • RE: how to freeze celery
    http://lancaster.unl.edu/food/ciq-foods_that_do_not_freeze_well.htm
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  • RE: how to freeze celery
    Cut them up as esired and flash freeze. If you're not sure what I mean, make sure they are dry. Slice or chop asdesired. Lay in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze 24 hours. Pack in containers and freeze. Celery should have no headspace (that I have been told). I cut them and mix them up and freeze and pack into containers for souup etc....

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  • RE: how to freeze celery
    My grocery store has a lousy salad bar, so instead of buying just enough celery, I have to buy the whole package. Then I have to think of ways to eat it all rather than throw it away.

    I was told I could blanch it then freeze it. I did what I was told, and when I defrosted it later for a soup, it was kind of like defrosted chopped onions....soggy-ish.

    I will just eat leftover celery in chicken, egg, or tuna salad from now on, or dunk it in peanut butter.

    Onions will also go in chicken, egg, or tuna salad. I will buy the smallest onion I can find so there won't be much leftover.

    For carrots, I buy frozen sliced carrots in the frozen section. Much less trouble for me, not to mention less stressful.
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    Joyce Jensen, Registered Environmental Health Specialist
    Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department


    To freeze or not to freeze? Following are some foods that often do not freeze well.

    Cooked eggs, including meringue toppings, may become tough and rubbery.

    Cooked chunks of potatoes, such as in potato salad, may become soft and crumbly. Mashed and twice-baked potatoes may freeze more satisfactorily.

    Custards and cream puddings, by themselves or in pies may separate.

    Pasta may become mushy. Pasta shapes used in baked recipes -- such as lasagna, jumbo shells, ziti, and manicotti -- may freeze best, especially if the recipe is prepared and frozen before baking.

    Raw, watery vegetables such as lettuce, cucumbers and radishes; tomatoes, celery and cabbage may become limp.


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  • RE: how to freeze celery
    Ask Dr. Gourmet -a web site
    Q: Can I freeze celery?
    Can celery be kept in the freezer and still be good for soups?

    I very much like to use celery for soups but often am left going out to the store just for one dish. I don't really like celery otherwise. The unused portion sits in the refrigerator until it is fit to be tossed in the trash. Is there a good way to get around the problem of not having celery on hand when I need it and wasting much of what I buy? Will celery hold up well in the freezer? If so, how should it best be stored?

    A: Dr. Gourmet Says...
    The answer to your question is no. Like many vegetables, celery is mostly water. It is, in fact, about 95% water. As a result it does not freeze well.

    When the celery freezes, the water contained inside the stalk also freezes, damaging the fibers. I knew this intuitively and it was something that I had always been told. I had not, however, actually tried to freeze celery, so I experimented. The results were a spongy pulp when the stalks were thawed.

    The best part is that if you keep celery on hand it makes a great snack. It has almost no calories and there's a lot of fiber. A 3 1/2 ounce serving has all of 14 calories and about 1.5 grams of fiber. Snack on the celery and use the leftovers for your soups and such.

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  • RE: how to freeze celery
    Try wrapping your celery in aluminum foil and just keep it in the refrigerator. It will keep for a long time this way.

    Jackie
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    I wrap mine in foil as well. When it gets to the end of its life, I usually make soup or throw it in the crockpot with some dish I'm making. I've even used it just to hold the chicken up out of the grease when I roast it--it adds a little flavor.
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  • RE: how to freeze celery
    Did not see mentioned another way to use celery-celery slaw-make it same as for cole slaw. Tastes great. Can add grated carrots etc if you want to.
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    I freeze mine all the time. It works great in casseroles or stuffing.
    I dice mine and then put it in jars. Yes it is not like fresh but for what I use it for it is just fine. I do the same thing with onions.

    Gail
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  • RE: how to freeze celery
    Even the most limp celery can be broght back by soaking it in ice water. Works every time....

    Barb
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