Storing Celery

How to Store Celery
Storing celery for peak freshness is something that most folks don’t think about until that moment when they go to grab a few stalks from the refrigerator to spread with fresh peanut butter. Once they peer into their crisper and find a wimpy, flacid lump where their crisp celery stalks should be, they think, “Drat! Why does this always happen?”

No one likes wimpy vegetables. Ew. I mean, who wants to eat celery that’s about as crispy as an old shoelace? Not I, said the Little Red Hen. Eating celery raw, when it’s crunchy and firm, is my favorite way to enjoy this light veggie, so learning how to store celery so that it retains its crunch was of the utmost importance around here!

If you don’t know how, storing celery is very easy. You don’t need pricey bio-bags involved, and you won’t have to to buy any weird humidifying devices for your refrigerator. In fact you only need three things — one of which, incidentally, is celery itself.

Storing Celery for Freshness

Storing celery so that it stays crisp is very easy. You only need a few things:

  • 1 bunch of celery
  • A large glass bowl or sealed plastic container
  • Water
  1. Remove celery stalks from the base, remove the leaves, and cut them in half so they are half as long.
  2. Arrange the celery in the receptacle so that there is at least 1-inch of headroom between the top of the celery and the rim of the bowl.
  3. Fill the bowl with clean (ideally filtered) water. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or its sealable lid and place in the refrigerator.
  4. Change out water once a day, or at least every other day, for optimal freshness. Celery will keep fresh and amazingly crunchy for up to a week this way.
  5. You can keep any root vegetable fresh and crispy this way — try it with parsnips, beets, etc.

What’s your favorite method of storing celery or other vegetables?

What can you do with celery and you’ve kept it crisp? Check out these recipes:


  1. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. says:

    Or just wrap it in foil. Seriously, that’s all you need to do and it will stay fresh for weeks… possibly even months!

  2. CopyKat Recipes says:

    You know this is almost exactly what I do to help keep my celery fresh. After joining a co op for organic produce, I get tons of produce all at once, and if I prep it before I put it into the refrigerator, it stays fresh longer. I will definitely start to swap out my water though, I have missed that step.

  3. I’m convinced I need to figure out a better way to store my celery, since I’ve been throwing away way too many limp stalks. Thanks for the easy tip!

  4. Super YAY for this post!! I cannot tell you how much money I have wasted throwing bad celery away! It’s pretty disgusting. I love to have some just for a quick snack or to throw in my lunchbox for work. Now I will be able to actually eat a whole bunch of it! That’ll be a first.

  5. Awesome! Thank you. :)

  6. Alexandra says:

    Could you please do parsley next???

  7. I, too, have found just recently about the tinfoil method and it seems to be working.

    Parsley (and possibly other fresh herbs) and asparagus. Just put the feet in a jar of water, cover the whole thing with a plastic bag, and an elastic band around the jar. That’s what I do.

  8. Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi says:

    Hmmm, I might try the foil method. I’ll never remember to change the water for this method.

  9. I know you’re not going to believe this, but I was JUST wondering about this! Thanks for the info.

  10. MyKidsEatSquid says:

    And then cilantro? I usually keep mine with the roots in water in a cup cover loosely with plastic. But if you have a better idea, I’d love to know.

  11. Jane Birkenstock says:

    Cuting, washing and placing celery in a container with water will make the lettuce last longer as stated in this article. It will last even longer if you place a green bag over the container and tuck the edges of the bag under the container. Again, change the water every several days.


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