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How to Freeze Celery for Soups and Stews
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.
When I’m making a recipe that calls for celery, I normally just use one or two ribs 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. 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!
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How to Freeze Celery
Step 1: Pull celery ribs 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. NOTE: Frozen celery cannot be used as fresh. You do not thaw it, but use it frozen in soups and stews. It will be mushy if you try to thaw it.
Do you freeze fresh produce to save money? If so, what do you freeze? I’d love to know!