Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Frozen Celery


A while back I tried a Pinterest experiment of freezing chopped green onions.  I am so sold on this idea and totally love it!  So I wanted to try it out with another ingredient that I like to have, and is a key ingredient to some recipes, but we don't use it often enough to justify having it in the fridge all the time..... Celery.

Using the same idea, I cut up a large bunch of celery and placed it into a Tupperware round 3 container (or a spaghetti dispenser would work).  For my green onions I had a shaker top, but the celery I just used the regular seal.
This is just as great as the onions!
I never have to worry about having celery in the fridge anymore!  I'm loving this!
Hope you try it and enjoy it as much as I do.

*Update- I'm still loving and doing this 2 years later.  I use my frozen green onions and celery mostly in salads or tuna sandwiches (adding these can really make the recipe so much better).  I've also used them for soups.  So far I haven't had any problems or any time they didn't work out great. I chop them up a little bigger than normal when I freeze them since I don't know what I'll be using them for.  But if I want them chopped small like in tuna I just chop them up quick in my Tupperware smooth chopper.  I did find these containers that are great for freezing celery and other things in- they are microwavable and dishwasher safe, yet if they break they're not horribly expensive.


88 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thank you for sharing. I was just chopping celery about 30 minutes ago. Well bck to chop up the rest and freeze..

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    1. You bet! Thanks for the comment :)

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    2. Oh this is a great idea. I have wasted so much celery, and other vegetables that can be frozen as well. Next time I buy produce, i'll prepare it for freezing, and hopefully I won't put it off. This will also diminish the science projects that grow in the fridge.

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    3. I too think that this idea is one of the best yet! So many times I have wasted these item but not using them fast enough. I think I will try carrots too.

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  3. I freeze green/red peppers ,too! I slice into sticks freeze in freezer storage bag.

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    1. Isn't it awesome?!?! I just recently started freezing green peppers too since I only use them once in awhile but there's some recipes that are just better with them!
      Thanks for sharing!

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  4. where did you get the storage containers that are in the photo

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    1. They're Tupperware. They're called Modular Mates and come in all different sizes and 4 shapes.
      You can order them from your local Tupperware rep, or online at: www.tupperware.com
      But I recommend waiting until January since they go on sale every year in January.

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    2. I just use freezer ziplocs for freezing green onions and peppers. I have never frozen celery but have some in the refrigerator now which I will chop up later today. Date the Ziploc and just lay them flat on a shelf in the freezer!

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    3. Please refrain from using plastic freezer bags. Reuse, renew recycle. Thank you.

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    4. You can reuse your freezer bags. I just wash and dry them and they are good to use again and again. They also take up less space in your freezer. I even wash and reuse my milk bags.

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    5. I do this also. Never thought about celery. I do this also with orka. I put chopped green onions in used water bottles. We travel in a rv and this is fast and easy. I also use water bottles for eggs. Crack them and pour them into water bottle. You can freeze them like this also.

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    6. Whoa whoa. You can freeze eggs in a water bottle? Bag still would work right?

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  5. I'm with Michelle -- everything goes in a freezer zip lock bag with the contents and date written on the label. Never thought to freeze celery or green onions -- I ALWAYS have sliced and minced onion in the freezer, as well as bell peppers. Will add celery and green onion to my freezer storage!

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  6. I agree with Cheryl and Michelle- I used the Tupperware containers for about a year, but then found that when they were frozen the lids were sometimes a pain to get on and off- and if dropped while frozen they broke easier too. Tupperware has a excellent warranty program for broken pieces but I ended up switching to ziploc bags and it took up less room too.
    I freeze: celery, green onions, chopped onions, bell peppers, avocados, and limes. All are great for a quick "go-to" for recipes.

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    1. Do you chop the avacodo? Does it get mushy

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    2. would like to know this about avacodo also. doe they get freezer frost on them?

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    3. It really depends on 3 factors:
      1- if you have any moisture/water in the bag or container
      2- how good the seal on your bag or container is
      3- your freezer (some are more prone to defrosting than others)

      When I've put mine in ziploc bags sealed well in a good freezer I've never had an issue.

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  7. Use empty Water bottles and then just remove and shake what you want for both green onions and celery. also if you place the bulb of each in water and change the water every 2 days you will re grow both of them and never have to buy again! Just AWESOME!!!1

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  8. Does celery get soft when frozen or stay crisp?

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    1. not by very much. I put it in sandwiches and salads and soups.

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  10. Has any one tried mixing onion and peppers and celery in the same bag or container

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    1. I haven't but I don't see why you couldn't if you regularly use a combination of those things! Great idea!

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    2. The Holy Trinity! Oh yeah

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  11. Tank you ... Ive ben doing this for a fue years now

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  12. I chop onions, peppers, celery and carrots, mix them together then pack in sandwich baggies for the freezer - perfect serving sizes, quick and easy.

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  13. You can chop all kinds of onions and keep in the freezer. Usually I have more onion than needed in a recipe so I finely chop and put in a sealed plastic container. When I need a small amount, I can use a fork to flake off how much I need leaving the rest in the freezer.

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    1. I love freezing my onions too! Green, yellow, red. It's so nice to have them on hand and not worry about them spoiling. Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Once you cut up all this stuff..lay it flat out on a baking sheet and "flash freeze" the pieces..THEN bag them. When you need a certain amount, you won't have to chip away at a big blob.

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    3. Great idea...thanks

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    4. Just shake them while they are freezing a few times. When frozzen they will be loss.

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  14. Thanks for sharing this! I freeze so many things, but never thought about celery! I always want it an hand, but it usually goes bad before I finish a bunch! Thanks!

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    1. You bet! I know, I'm the same. There's some recipes that having certain ingredients just make or break the recipe... celery and green onions are those for a lot of mine, but we don't go through them enough to always have on hand without spoiling. :)

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    2. I will have to try this. Yes hubby hates buying it because so much gets thrown out. Thanks for the great idea.

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  15. I cut onions,celery,carrots,peppers,tomatoes and garlic all together to make great soups in the winter

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    1. Great idea! Did you see my crockpot freezer meals post? That's kind of what I did there.
      http://atozformomslikeme.blogspot.com/2012/04/crockpot-freezer-meals.html

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  16. Modular Mates are only designed for shelf storage. However, Tupperware does have a freezer line. http://catalog.tupperware.com/2017/catalog/spring/?BuildGuid=c50ef6fd-df37-423d-88d9-7307c5688150

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    1. Yes, but even the freezer ones will break if dropped, and the lids aren't easy to remove either when frozen. And there's no warranty on frozen dropped Tupperware, even the freezer type.

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    2. Tupperware's warranty covers "cracked, chipped, or peeling" So that would include anything that is broken. :)

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  17. How long do they last in the freezer?

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  18. Depending on how good your freezer is- months!

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  19. Rice and pasta freeze well too. I put my left over rice in freezer bags and put them in the freezer to use for another meal or to add to soup.
    Brenda Sturgis

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    1. I make a large batch of brown rice in my Instant Pot, then divide into dinner size portions, ziplock and freeze. 2 minutes in the microwave and they’re perfect! Such a time saver!

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  20. I've tried freezing chopped onions and they came out all watery and limp when trying to cook them. What am I doing wrong?

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    1. They will go limp when you cook them fresh or frozen, but as for the extra water, maybe just make sure they are good and dry when you freeze them so they don't have ice crystals with them...? That would be my best guess.

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    2. My celery turns yellow and ugly...can you tell me what I'm doing wrong ?

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    3. oh dear! I'm not sure. It should keep it's color when frozen. The only way I can imagine it turning yellow is if it sat out to defrost or was put from the freezer into the fridge and not used right away. As long as you use it right away it shouldn't change color.

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  21. As for the peppers, I vaccum seal them. The last so much longer.

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    1. Yep! I rarely use peppers so freezing is great.

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  22. I stick a straw in the freezer bag and suck as much air out as possible keeps from freezer burning.

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  23. What about leeks? Has anybody froze them?

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    1. I haven't tried- let us know how it turns out!

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    2. Have frozen leeks, onions, peppers, mushrooms, avocados, celery, herbs, zucchini washed, chopped, grated and dried (blotted). Have occasionally measured and mixed veg for soups, stew recipes.

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    3. HOW WERE THE MUSHROOMS ONCE THAWED? CAN YOU USE PEPPERS ON VEGETABLE TRAY AFTER FROZEN OR DO YOU HAVE TO USE FROZEN FOR COOKING?

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  24. Thanks for sharing your ideas of freezing these items. Awesome.

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  25. très bonne idée , merci beaucoup.

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  26. Hi, I freeze baby spinach in lunch bags in small amounts to use in my soups. As soon as I take it out of the frezzer I crush it so it breaks into smaller pieces. Going to try freezing celery. I wrap my celery in tin foil. I wrap it not washed and make sure it is completely wrapped and sealed. It last for 2 weeks or more and stays crisp.

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    1. That's a great idea! I'll have to try spinach.

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  27. You might want to include garlic or roasted garlic in your items that you freeze. When I roast garlic, I'll fill a muffin pan with bulbs. When finished, separate cloves carefully (they're very soft)then freeze flat.

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    1. I always use the crushed garlic from Costco- you can't beat it for the price (about $4.50 for 48 oz) it's shelf stable until it's opened then lasts in the fridge for months. We use a lot of garlic though.

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    2. Where do you find that in Costco?

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    3. It's over by their spices usually.

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  28. Great idea, thank you! Celery goes soft so quickly, I feel like I throw so much of it out.

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    1. Me too! That's why I started freezing it. There's some recipes that just aren't the same without it.

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  29. For small portions freeze chopped veggies in ice cube trays, pop out when frozen and keep in the freezer in whatever container you prefer.

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  30. Does the celery stay firm or get soft when frozen? Does it still have a nice crunch for tuna salad.

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  31. A couple of things that I haven't seen on your site, but thought I might mention. Old parmesan cheese containers are great for celery. Just wash and reuse - the flip lid helps control how much you put in. Also, I like it better than my Ziploc bags for this item. I use freezer bags for all my herbs that I grow also. I always have parsley, basil, thyme, mint and several other on hand - the tastes is much better than dried. Finally, I save and wash out my 1/2 gallon orange juice containers. You know the paper kind with the plastic lid? I buy fresh peas from the farmer's market, wash them and load them in the container. When I need some, I bang it on the counter a bit, give it a good shake, and I pour beautiful "fresh" peas out.

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    1. What an awesome idea. Happy Spring!

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    2. Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Doesn't anyone use a seal a meal.for freezing.

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  33. Can you do this with cilantro?

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  34. I freeze baggies full of kale and spinach, and use them in smoothies, stir-fries, and soups.

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  35. Thanks for all the great food prep ideas! I see a lot of people saying their celery goes bad fast. I can get mine to last about two weeks in the fridge if I take it out of the plastic bag it comes in and wrap it in foil. If I don't get that done right away or it's starts getting limp again, I clean in stick in water in the fridge and it will crisp up also. Hope this helps:)

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  36. This sounds great...if it works. I'll try a small bunch to see. I tried celery in the dehydrator, but EWWWW. Not good after rehydration.

    What about freezing chopped carrots? Has anyone tried this?

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  37. I grow and freeze cleaned chopped leeks every year. Works great. And yes chopped carrots freeze great too.

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  38. Do you flash freeze first? If you put them in containers unfrozen don’t they just clump together?

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  39. I've seen the question a few times but not an answer... what is the texture of the celery when brought out of the freezer? Is there still a decent degree of crunch? Thanks, sorry if I overlooked the answer

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  40. FYI you can wrap most veg in foil and it will keep up to a month and stay crisp I do this with celery,lettuce and green onions. But have never thought of freezing. Thank you.

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  41. you gals need to invest in a food saver, its great, been using for years and because it vacuum seals your items last a lot longer not only in fridge but frozen as well the bags can be resealed after taking out what you need as well as washed and reused provided there is ample room to reseal them and no holes in the bags go on line and check it out. can even reseal your chips, crackers etc.

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  42. I have frozen celery for years. I chop some very small and leave some stalks about 3 inches for soups. It does lose the crunch, so I don't think it would do for salads. frozen in small bags it packs nicely on my freezer door.

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  43. I was so inspired by all these amazing women that I just ordered a seal a meal from Amazon. Can't wait to experiment with all my herbs.

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