I love freezer cooking and I’m always trying to think of new ways to freeze foods that will save me time and money. Convenience items are great, but they tend to be unhealthy and expensive so if you can grow your own or find a good deal on produce that freezes well you will be better off in the long run. A few weeks ago, I showed you how to freeze bell peppers because I had an abundance of them fresh from my garden. This week I’m going to show you how to freeze celery which is basically the same process as the peppers. You can also find directions on how to freeze strawberries and blueberries if you are interested.
When I’m making a recipe that calls for celery, I normally just use one or two stalks and then freeze the rest for whenever I need it and not have to worry about buying more just for a single recipe. This is a great method for making soups in your slow cooker. Instead of having to stop and chop five different kinds of veggies for the soup you can just scoop out what you need from your already chopped produce and be on your way.
Keeping chopped produce in your freezer is a great way to simplify your life and ensure that you are making the most with what you have grown or found at a rock bottom price. (I paid $1.29 per stalk at Aldi last week and they are on sale for .69 this week. OOPS! Maybe I’ll stock up on some more!) You could even put together veggie soup kits for your favorite recipes. For example, if your family eats chicken noodle soup a lot then you could freeze bags of chopped onions, carrots and celery. Also, don’t forget to freeze your vegetable scraps so that you can make homemade chicken broth for free!
How to Freeze Celery
Step 1: Pull stalks apart and rinse off any dirt.
Step 2: Pat dry with clean towel and chop into bite sized pieces.
Step 3: Spread out on baking sheet in single layer and flash freeze for two hours.
Step 4: Place celery in properly labeled freezer bags removing as much air as possible.
Freeze and enjoy! The celery should last a few months in a regular freezer and even longer in a deep freeze.
Do you freeze fresh produce to save money? If so, what do you freeze? I’d love to know!