The Best Way to Store Celery

This is the season when we start buying more celery to use in soups and stews, but we rarely use the whole bunch. Most recipes require only one or two ribs, and by the time we get to the rest, it's often limp and mushy. Here's one simple way to keep celery crisp longer… To store celery, wrap it tightly in aluminum foil and refrigerate it. We've had celery stay crisp for weeks this way.

According to an old issue of Cook's Illustrated, this method works because foil allows the ripening hormone ethylene to escape. In contrast, a plastic bag traps ethylene gas, accelerating moisture loss and spoilage.

Do you have any other tips for storing celery?

More celery tips:
What Can I Do with a Big Bunch of Celery?
Sexy Celery: 8 Stunning Ways to Use Up Leftover Stalks
Re-Growing Celery: Grow a New Bunch Indoors or Outdoors

Related: A Guide to Storing Fruits and Vegetables

(Images: Nature's Finest Produce)

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