Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Frozen Celery


A while back I tried a Pinterest experiment of freezing chopped green onions.  I am so sold on this idea and totally love it!  So I wanted to try it out with another ingredient that I like to have, and is a key ingredient to some recipes, but we don't use it often enough to justify having it in the fridge all the time..... Celery.

Using the same idea, I cut up a large bunch of celery and placed it into a Tupperware round 3 container (or a spaghetti dispenser would work).  For my green onions I had a shaker top, but the celery I just used the regular seal.
This is just as great as the onions!
I never have to worry about having celery in the fridge anymore!  I'm loving this!
Hope you try it and enjoy it as much as I do.

*Update- I'm still loving and doing this 2 years later.  I use my frozen green onions and celery mostly in salads or tuna sandwiches (adding these can really make the recipe so much better).  I've also used them for soups.  So far I haven't had any problems or any time they didn't work out great. I chop them up a little bigger than normal when I freeze them since I don't know what I'll be using them for.  But if I want them chopped small like in tuna I just chop them up quick in my Tupperware smooth chopper.  I did find these containers that are great for freezing celery and other things in- they are microwavable and dishwasher safe, yet if they break they're not horribly expensive.


45 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Thank you for sharing. I was just chopping celery about 30 minutes ago. Well bck to chop up the rest and freeze..

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  3. I freeze green/red peppers ,too! I slice into sticks freeze in freezer storage bag.

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    1. Isn't it awesome?!?! I just recently started freezing green peppers too since I only use them once in awhile but there's some recipes that are just better with them!
      Thanks for sharing!

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  4. where did you get the storage containers that are in the photo

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    1. They're Tupperware. They're called Modular Mates and come in all different sizes and 4 shapes.
      You can order them from your local Tupperware rep, or online at: www.tupperware.com
      But I recommend waiting until January since they go on sale every year in January.

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    2. I just use freezer ziplocs for freezing green onions and peppers. I have never frozen celery but have some in the refrigerator now which I will chop up later today. Date the Ziploc and just lay them flat on a shelf in the freezer!

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    3. Please refrain from using plastic freezer bags. Reuse, renew recycle. Thank you.

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    4. You can reuse your freezer bags. I just wash and dry them and they are good to use again and again. They also take up less space in your freezer. I even wash and reuse my milk bags.

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    5. I do this also. Never thought about celery. I do this also with orka. I put chopped green onions in used water bottles. We travel in a rv and this is fast and easy. I also use water bottles for eggs. Crack them and pour them into water bottle. You can freeze them like this also.

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  5. I'm with Michelle -- everything goes in a freezer zip lock bag with the contents and date written on the label. Never thought to freeze celery or green onions -- I ALWAYS have sliced and minced onion in the freezer, as well as bell peppers. Will add celery and green onion to my freezer storage!

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  6. I agree with Cheryl and Michelle- I used the Tupperware containers for about a year, but then found that when they were frozen the lids were sometimes a pain to get on and off- and if dropped while frozen they broke easier too. Tupperware has a excellent warranty program for broken pieces but I ended up switching to ziploc bags and it took up less room too.
    I freeze: celery, green onions, chopped onions, bell peppers, avocados, and limes. All are great for a quick "go-to" for recipes.

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    1. Do you chop the avacodo? Does it get mushy

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    2. would like to know this about avacodo also. doe they get freezer frost on them?

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    3. It really depends on 3 factors:
      1- if you have any moisture/water in the bag or container
      2- how good the seal on your bag or container is
      3- your freezer (some are more prone to defrosting than others)

      When I've put mine in ziploc bags sealed well in a good freezer I've never had an issue.

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  7. Use empty Water bottles and then just remove and shake what you want for both green onions and celery. also if you place the bulb of each in water and change the water every 2 days you will re grow both of them and never have to buy again! Just AWESOME!!!1

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  8. Does celery get soft when frozen or stay crisp?

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    1. not by very much. I put it in sandwiches and salads and soups.

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  10. Has any one tried mixing onion and peppers and celery in the same bag or container

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    1. I haven't but I don't see why you couldn't if you regularly use a combination of those things! Great idea!

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  11. Tank you ... Ive ben doing this for a fue years now

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  12. I chop onions, peppers, celery and carrots, mix them together then pack in sandwich baggies for the freezer - perfect serving sizes, quick and easy.

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  13. You can chop all kinds of onions and keep in the freezer. Usually I have more onion than needed in a recipe so I finely chop and put in a sealed plastic container. When I need a small amount, I can use a fork to flake off how much I need leaving the rest in the freezer.

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    1. I love freezing my onions too! Green, yellow, red. It's so nice to have them on hand and not worry about them spoiling. Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Once you cut up all this stuff..lay it flat out on a baking sheet and "flash freeze" the pieces..THEN bag them. When you need a certain amount, you won't have to chip away at a big blob.

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  14. Thanks for sharing this! I freeze so many things, but never thought about celery! I always want it an hand, but it usually goes bad before I finish a bunch! Thanks!

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    1. You bet! I know, I'm the same. There's some recipes that having certain ingredients just make or break the recipe... celery and green onions are those for a lot of mine, but we don't go through them enough to always have on hand without spoiling. :)

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  15. I cut onions,celery,carrots,peppers,tomatoes and garlic all together to make great soups in the winter

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    1. Great idea! Did you see my crockpot freezer meals post? That's kind of what I did there.
      http://atozformomslikeme.blogspot.com/2012/04/crockpot-freezer-meals.html

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  16. Modular Mates are only designed for shelf storage. However, Tupperware does have a freezer line. http://catalog.tupperware.com/2017/catalog/spring/?BuildGuid=c50ef6fd-df37-423d-88d9-7307c5688150

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    1. Yes, but even the freezer ones will break if dropped, and the lids aren't easy to remove either when frozen. And there's no warranty on frozen dropped Tupperware, even the freezer type.

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    2. Tupperware's warranty covers "cracked, chipped, or peeling" So that would include anything that is broken. :)

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  17. How long do they last in the freezer?

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  18. Depending on how good your freezer is- months!

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  19. Rice and pasta freeze well too. I put my left over rice in freezer bags and put them in the freezer to use for another meal or to add to soup.
    Brenda Sturgis

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  20. I've tried freezing chopped onions and they came out all watery and limp when trying to cook them. What am I doing wrong?

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    1. They will go limp when you cook them fresh or frozen, but as for the extra water, maybe just make sure they are good and dry when you freeze them so they don't have ice crystals with them...? That would be my best guess.

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    2. My celery turns yellow and ugly...can you tell me what I'm doing wrong ?

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    3. oh dear! I'm not sure. It should keep it's color when frozen. The only way I can imagine it turning yellow is if it sat out to defrost or was put from the freezer into the fridge and not used right away. As long as you use it right away it shouldn't change color.

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  21. As for the peppers, I vaccum seal them. The last so much longer.

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  22. I stick a straw in the freezer bag and suck as much air out as possible keeps from freezer burning.

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