Keep that crunch for as long as possible — because nobody wants a limp stalk of celery. 

By Melanie Fincher
October 27, 2020
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Crisp and crunchy celery can be a refreshing, healthy snack. But neglect it for too long, and you'll have dry, limp stalks that aren't appealing to anyone. Here you'll learn the best ways to store celery, whether it's whole or cut. Plus get tips for reviving and giving new life to limp celery. 

The Best Way to Store Celery 

When it comes to keeping celery fresh, moisture is key. This method for storing whole celery keeps the moisture locked in, but allows the ethylene gas (which can lead to spoilage) to escape. 

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Whole, uncut celery 
  • Aluminum foil

Instructions: 

  1. Start by ditching that grocery-store plastic bag the celery came in. Storing celery in plastic bags will only cause the ethylene gas to be trapped and the moisture to escape, gradually spoiling the celery. 
  2. Wrap your whole, uncut celery snuggly in aluminum foil, which provides a stronger barrier for locking in moisture than plastic. But be sure not to crimp the edges of your foil pack, because you want to allow the natural ethylene gas to escape. 
  3. Place the wrapped celery in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator and store for up to four weeks. Do not wash and/or cut until ready to use. 

How to Store Cut Celery

If you're storing pre-cut celery, you're going to need to take a different approach to storage. Cutting celery allows some of the moisture to be released, which is why we recommend storing it whole to begin with. But we understand that having pre-cut celery on hand for easy snacking is convenient. So here's how to make cut celery last as long as possible. 

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Celery stalks, cut
  • Sealable container
  • Water

Instructions: 

This method can also be used to revive limp, dry celery. 

  1. Add cut celery stalks to a large container, leaving room for water. 
  2. Submerge the stalks completely in water. Seal with a lid or plastic wrap. When you're ready to eat, simply remove from water and rinse. 
  3. Replenish the water every other day. Celery will last up to two weeks using this method. 

How to Use Up Limp Celery 

If you do find that your celery has passed its prime, limp celery can still be put to good use. Dishes that alter its texture are best. Consider juicing it for smoothies, pureeing it for soups like this cream of celery soup, braising it, or shaving it to use as a garnish in salads.

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This story originally appeared on Allrecipes.com