Celery, with its distinct flavour, is the perfect mid-afternoon snack but is also essential in a range of cooked dishes. But you probably know about the benefits of it. Instead, you’re asking yourself, how can you store it for the long term?
Can You Freeze Celery?
Yes, you can freeze celery for up to 12 months. To freeze celery, you can freeze it as stalks or chopped up, ready to be used in soups, stews and sauces.
Can You Refreeze Celery? No
Does Celery Freeze Well? Yes
How to Freeze Celery
When freezing celery, there are two approaches that are popular. You can either freeze celery leaves as stalks or you can freeze them chopped up and ready to use in sauces and soups. We’ve covered both of these options below:
How to Freeze Celery Stalks
Celery stalks are perfect for dunking into hummus or even eating on their own, but if you want to have a supply of celery in the freezer then here’s the method for doing so:
Bring a pot of water to a boil then dunk your celery into the water for 2 minutes. This will help it to retain its colour and flavour. Yes, it does require a bit of effort but it’s worth it! Run the celery under cold water to stop the cooking or into an ice bath.
- Flash Freeze
Drain and pat dry then place your celery onto a baking tray and place this into the freezer for 2 hours to flash freeze.
- Bag Up Once the celery stalks are frozen solid, you can take them off the tray and place them into an airtight container or bag and back into the freezer.
Freezing the stalks in this way will make it easy to remove just one or two stalks at a time.
How to Freeze Chopped Celery
If you want to freeze your celery ready and prepared for soups, stews and sauces then this is the approach to use:
- Flash Freeze
Once you’ve got your celery chopped up, tip it onto a lined baking tray and give it a shake to ensure it is all in one layer. Don’t worry if some of them touch and you’ll never get them all spaced out. Place the tray in the freezer for a few hours to flash freeze them.
- Bag Up
Tip the celery into a freezer bag. If there are large clumps then you can break these up with your hands as you go.
- Final Freeze
Place the bag back into the freezer.
If you haven’t got time to flash freeze chopped celery then there is a little trick you can use instead. Place the chopped celery into a freezer bag and freeze.
After 30 minutes, remove the bag and give it a vigorous shake to separate all the pieces then return it to the freezer.
This trick isn’t foolproof but it can be incredibly time-saving if you haven’t got time for flash freezing.
3 Tips for Freezing Celery
Now you know how to freeze celery in a couple of ways, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing them to have the best results:
Consider Your Use
Before freezing, consider how you personally use celery. Do you only ever use it in a sauce? Then make sure you freeze it chopped up and ready to go.
Try Freezing Soffritto
If you always use celery in a sauce (often with carrots, onion and garlic) then consider knocking together a batch of frozen soffritto. You can grab a handful of soffritto as and when you next make a sauce.
Use Directly from the Freezer
If you’ve chopped your celery up, you don’t need to thaw it. Grab a handful and heat slowly until thawed out then continue to cook as you normally would. This should only take a few minutes.
How Long Can You Freeze Celery?
You can keep your celery in the freezer for up to a year if you’re freezing stalks and have blanched them beforehand.
If, however, you haven’t blanched them then you’ll want to try and use it up within 3 months otherwise some of the flavours will begin to be lost.
As with any frozen products, it’s vital that you label them up with the date they need to be consumed to avoid waste.
You Can Freeze Celery for up to 1 Year
How Do You Defrost Celery?
The best way to defrost celery depends entirely on how you’re going to consume it. If you plan on eating it raw, dipping it into your favourite condiment then you’ll need to thaw it in the fridge until completely defrosted.
If, however, you plan on using it in a sauce then you can use it straight from the freezer.
If you use a high eat there’s a chance you’ll burn the outside before the inside has thawed completely. Once it has softened, you can cook your dish as you normally would.
Can You Refreeze Celery?
Celery freezes pretty well but that doesn’t mean you should bother refreezing it. Refreezing will ruin the texture so it’s something we would advise against.
The only exception is if you have frozen raw celery, cooked it in a sauce such as a bolognese and then want to freeze the bolognese. This will be perfectly fine to do.
Does Celery Freeze Well?
If you’re planning on eating celery raw, after thawing, then there can be some slight changes to the texture which can be noticed when comparing it to the fresh stuff.
However, if you’re going to be using celery in the base of a sauce and cooking it down until it is soft then frozen celery is delicious. You’ll still get that refreshing flavour of celery.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing celery or celery in general, then these may help:
We would advise against freezing celery leaves. They will quickly lose their delicate flavour and, once thawed, can be quite mushy. They’ll be perfectly safe to freeze but can often be a bit of a waste of time, unfortunately.
You certainly can freeze celery juice. All you need to do is tip the celery juice into portions in either small pots or small bags. Seal them up to ensure no air can get in and then freeze. To thaw, do it slowly in the fridge overnight. If you’re after small portions then you can even use an ice cube tray!
There are very few soups that don’t freeze well. Ultimately, it comes down to placing it in portions into freezer-safe bags (you’ll want to use thick ones) and then freezing it.
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