Preserving The Bounty: Dehydrating Celery

by Tammy Taylor

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I use celery from time to time when I’m cooking but it’s always just an ingredient and never the main event in my kitchen.  RancherMan only tolerates a little celery taste so it’s often an ingredient I buy, use a little and place the rest of the bunch back in the refrigerator hoping to use it all before it goes bad.  Let’s be honest here – sometimes I’m successful but oftentimes I’m not!  One of the ways I use celery most often is that I like to add chopped celery in my chicken salad spread – but certainly not an entire bunch! So here’s what I did to make sure it was used or preserved before it went bad:

Celery Gallery #TaylorMadeRanchPhoto by: Ashley Ashley
(because heaven knows *I* can’t make a photograph of a bunch of celery look like it belongs in an art studio!)

After I prepared my chicken salad I took the remaining celery and chopped it into the size I typically use in my chicken salad recipe and brought out my * trusty dehydrator.  (I’ve used the dehydrator lots this year!)

It's Easy To Reduce Waste By Dehydrating Your Leftover Celery #TaylorMadeRanch

It only took a little while in the dehydrator before the celery was dried, but I left it on the trays an extra day to air dry just to make sure there was no moisture remaining.  (I also dried the celery leaves, although they are to be ground and added to my seasoning mix jar.)

Then I gathered up the dehydrated chopped celery and placed it in a clean glass jar.  I can’t believe that entire bunch of celery fits inside this small spice jar when it’s dehydrated!  I’m always sure to label my ingredients so with a quick label on top as well as another label on the side it’s ready to be added to my herbs & spices drawer to be used. To me, aside from the fact that I’ve kept this celery from being wasted & kept myself from having to purchase yet more when I’m ready to make chicken salad again, I love the fact that dehydrated produce takes up just a fraction of the space as before it was dehydrated and no additional energy as to store as would be the case with freezing.

It's Easy To Reduce Waste By Dehydrating Your Leftover Celery #TaylorMadeRanch

When I’m ready to make chicken salad again I’ll measure out as much dehydrated celery as I want to add and put it in a bowl, topping it (just barely) with boiling water and let it sit for about 15 minutes.  After that time it’s fully re-hydrated so I can drain off any remaining water and stir it right into my recipe for that distinctive celery taste I love.

It's Easy To Reduce Waste By Dehydrating Your Leftover Celery #TaylorMadeRanch

I’ll surely be on the lookout for similar ways to use my dehydrator when I have bits & pieces of fresh produce left over.  No more healthy yet expensive produce languishing in the depths of the refrigerator until it becomes science experiment fodder!

~TMR~

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31 thoughts on “Preserving The Bounty: Dehydrating Celery

  1. Sagan

    Very cool idea! We dehydrate dark leafy greens and crush them to a powder so I can use it to make green smoothies — didn’t think about doing it for celery! Definitely got to try this.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      I’ve really been bitten by the dehydrating bug Sagan. Right now in anticipation of our first hard freeze I have trays of mint leaves in the dehydrator. And I know that after the holidays there will be small amounts of fresh veggies left over, there will be a dehydrator going for sure in the next few days. LOL

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  2. Raven

    Thanks so much for the advice! I just a got a dehydrator for Christmas, and I am trying to figure out all the things to dehydrate! This was a great read.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      A new dehydrator for Christmas Raven? LUH-KEY!! I’ve been dehydrating lots this past year and it’s been wonderful! I’ll expand this year and dehydrate even more from my garden. ~TMR~

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  3. Marilee Reyes

    I cook ground beef for my old dog that has digestion problems and I add celery and carrots to the meat while it’s cooking. I cook a batch about every three days and getting out the cutting board, the knife and then washing them afterward is kind of a pain. It will be so much easier to do this and the water I include with the meat (I alternate between brown rice and barley) will make it so much easier. I’ve been thinking about include sweet potato to the mix and this would be a big help, too. Thanks for the tip.

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  4. Rebecca | LettersFromSunnybrook

    Oh how I miss having a dehydrator now! I really like your point about the reduction on energy use to store the produce dehydrated, rather than frozen. I have been keeping my “extras” chopped and frozen, but this makes better sense.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’m loving my dehydrator but really looking at an Excalibur for some heavier-duty dehydrating this year. (fingers crossed) ~TMR~

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  5. Gloria

    I’ve been dehydrating celery for a while now and it’s paying off big-time. I look for nice celery on clearance racks and buy all I can find, or if it’s on a good sale, I’ll buy at least a dozen heads to dehydrate. Once I top and toe them, I cut them into lengths to fit my Vidalia Food Chopper which saves loads of chopping time. The chopped pieces are perfect for everything. For me, canning jars are perfect storage sizes and I seal them with my Food Saver for long term.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Oh I agree Gloria. Now that I know what I know about how easy dehydrating celery is I’ll be buying it in bulk during those good sales as well. Love the idea of topping them off & chopping quickly, something I’ll certainly implement as well. ~TMR~

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  6. Heather M

    I need to do this!! I am not sure why I never thought of dehydrating celery before. Definitely frugal when we waste celery quite often. Thank you for linking up for Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

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  7. janet pesaturo

    Wow, never thought of dehydrating celery. I do tomatoes, and sometimes apples and blueberries, but I will have to expand my repertoire! Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Mondays.

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  8. Cynthia

    We go through lots of celery in my house, but looks like you found the perfect solution for your family. Thank you for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. I look forward to seeing you next week.

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  9. Ashley @ PioneerMomma.com

    I have been dehydrating so much lately, I can’t imagine why I’ve skipped over celery! Thanks for sharing and linking up to What’d You Do This Weekend! Have a great day 🙂

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  12. Kristin

    Such a good idea – all the more reason I really need to get a dehydrator! Great post. Congrats on being chosen as a featured post on this week’s Wildcrafting Wednesdays! I hope you’ll join us again and share more of your awesome posts.

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  15. Kathi

    I do this too, Tammy. Love my dehydrator! When I freeze veggies for future use, they usually are freezer-burned or encased in off-odor-ice by the time I remember to use them. Dehydrating takes up so little space and the food lasts so much longer, doesn’t it? Thank you for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop. I hope you’ll join us again this Thursday.

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      Yes Kathi – exactly! And let’s be honest, they look amazing lined up in shining glass jars in the pantry too! ~TMR~

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    1. Taylor-Made Ranch Post author

      I’ve chopped & frozen celery before too, but most of the time I really, REALLY think I’ll be able to use it all fresh – I’m not successful very often… Tonight I threw a small handful of dehydrated celery into a simmering pot of soup & it rehydrated right in the stockpot. I’ve really enjoyed dehydrating veggies this year! ~TMR~

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  17. Leah

    That is such a good idea! I wish I had a dehydrator! I love all of your tips and ideas and I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award! I hope you will stop by and check it out and have a great day! http://www.leahinspired.com/2013/11/sunshine-award.html

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  18. Candy C.

    I usually end up throwing away half of the bunch of celery myself. I thought about dehydrating some this fall, especially now when it’s on sale for Thanksgiving, but my friend gave me some SHE dehydrated! 😉

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