You're trying to eat healthy and get your kids eating healthy, but when your kids grab for a crisp celery stick and get a floppy bit of green instead, you're practically giving them reasons not to eat their veggies! Get cooking with these tips to keep your celery fresh and crisp for weeks, and get it in their bellies, instead of in the trash.
- Once you bring your crispy stalks home, clean up your kitchen counter and get out a nice sharp knife, and a cutting board. Remove any ties or rubber bands from the celery. Cut approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch off the bottom of the base of the celery, or the entire base if you prefer. Trim top ends if desired.
- Run cold water over your celery to rinse off any loose dirt. If you have cut off the entire base of the stalks, you can wash each stalk.
- If you have trimmed just the root base, be sure to wipe down each stalk with a damp dish towel or paper towel before preparing for use in cooking.
- Dry your washed celery with paper towel. You can leave your stalks long if you prefer until you're ready to use, or you can cut in half or thirds to fit into plastic storage bags after wrapping for storage.
- Keep the innermost leaves as they are super flavorful and great for cooking.
- Now that your celery is cleaned and prepped, wrap it in aluminum foil and place in a plastic storage bag and place in the fridge until you're ready to use it for cooking or snacking. If you've left the base of the celery intact, you can also store it in a large sturdy dish or a tall pitcher or container. Just be sure to keep water levels at 1/2 to 1 inch high on the base of the stalks and check daily to replenish/refresh as needed.