If your juicing recipe calls for a few stalks of celery, don’t worry about wasting it! It’s easy to extend its shelf life and enjoy later. In this article, we’ll walk you through how to make celery juice with a few excellent recipes. After that, we’ll talk about how to store celery in your refrigerator and keep your juicer fresh and clean until the next time you go on a juice kick.
The Health Benefits of Celery Juice
It’s undeniable that celery is delicious. In salads, soups, or even raw with peanut butter and raisins, it’s the epitome of yummy. (Ants on a log, anyone?) The best reason to learn how to store celery in the refrigerator, though, is that it’s super healthy, especially in juices! Indeed, celery is one of the most nutritious vegetables you can eat (or drink).
Celery is Packed Full of Vitamins and Minerals
For example, celery is loaded with minerals and vitamins, including Vitamin A, C, and K. It also has potassium and folate, minerals that are vital for excellent health. Celery is also perfect as a between-meal snack because it’s very low on the glycemic index. (That means it affects your blood sugar slowly when you eat it, which is good.) Celery is also unique in the vegetable world in that, even when steamed, it keeps most of its nutrients. It’s no wonder people are searching how to store celery in the refrigerator.
Juicing Celery is Easy, Fast, and Nutritious
Juicing celery is a fantastic method to get the health benefits of celery quickly. Celery is loaded with hydrating water, and you can eat almost the entire celery plant! (Even the little leaves inside, which have the most nutrients of all!)
Preparing celery to be juiced is a quick and easy task. Simply cut (or crack off) a stalk or three, rinse them in clean water, and they’re ready! Depending on the size of your juicer or blender, you might not even have to cut them! Just toss them in whole and reap the delicious, nutritious goodness. Plus, celery goes great with all sorts of other fruits and veggies!
How to Make Celery Juice: 3 Delish Recipes
It wouldn’t be fair to tell you how delicious and nutritious celery is without giving you a few recipes! All of the recipes below are simple to prepare, flavorful, and packed with healthy goodness. After your finished, make sure you read the bottom of this article for the best ways to store celery in the refrigerator.
How to Make Celery and Ginger Juice
- 1 Small to medium celery bunch
- Half of a cucumber
- 1 large green apple
- 1.5 lemons
- A 1-inch portion of Ginger
- Run the celery and cucumber through your juicer on “LOW” (if possible).
- Put the green apple, lemon, and ginger through the juicer on “HIGH.”
- Drink and enjoy immediately or store for up to 24 hours in an airtight food container
How to Make Celery Juice with Bananas
- 4 stalks of celery
- 1 banana
- 1 green apple
- 0.5 teaspoon of ginger
- 1 cup of kale
- 0.5 cup of water
- 10 ice cubes
- 1.5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- Cut, peel and prepare all ingredients to be put in your blender.
- Set blender to “HIGH” and blend until completely smooth.
- If your smoothie is too thick, add water 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Drink and enjoy immediately or store for up to 24 hours in an airtight food container. (Shake it well before drinking!)
How to Make Celery Juice with Apple, Ginger, & Parsley
- 2 stalks of celery
- 1 Granny Smith apple
- 2-inch portion of ginger
- 1.5 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- Small bunch of parsley
- Prepare all ingredients to be put in your juicer.
- Juice everything except lemon juice on “HIGH.”
- Add lemon juice to extracted juice and stir.
- Drink and enjoy immediately or store for up to 24 hours in an airtight food container.
How to Store Your Celery in the Refrigerator
Store your celery the right way to keep it crunchy for weeks. Enjoy in soups, with wings, or covered in peanut butter.
How to Store Whole Celery in the Refrigerator
Wrap your bunch of celery in aluminum foil and store it in your vegetable drawer. Here’s why this method works: Aluminum foil allows the ethylene—the compound celery produces as it ripens—to escape. This slows spoilage and moisture loss.
Another thing you can do to keep whole celery fresh is to keep the root intact. The root locks in the most moisture.
How to Store Chopped Celery in the Refrigerator
Store cut celery in a sealed container filled with water. This will slow down the loss of moisture and keep the pieces crisp. Store it in the fridge (next to your properly stored white wine) and enjoy it for up to 2 weeks.
Storing Your Juicer After Making Celery Juice
We’ve talked about the best ways to store your juice after juicing, but what about those hard-to-clean juicers? You can clean most juicers and blenders with warm water and a dash of dishwashing liquid. Some blenders can also be used to clean themselves. Simply fill them about a third full with warm water, add a drop of soap, and set them to “HIGH.” Let them self-clean for about 5 or 6 seconds, and then rinse them out!
As for storage, store them in your pantry or a kitchen cabinet. If you run a juice business, storing your juicing equipment in a storage unit during the offseason is perfect. A 5×5 storage unit can hold quite a bit and is very affordable. It’s also safe and secure, with 24/7 video security and on-site managers.
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This post was originally published on 7/11/2019. It was updated on 2/16/2021.