Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Permanent Celery - Revive your Vegetables for Extra Freshness

You may be scratching your head now.  You may be asking "Has he lost his mind?  Permanent Celery?".  

There are a couple things going on here.

The story was that it's a couple days before Thanksgiving and we needed some Celery for the Stuffing.   Pretty simple, it's easy to find Celery in every market.  

Left to our own devices, we don't tend to eat a lot of the stuff so we bought the smallest stalk we could find.   When I got it home, it was sad and wilted.  There was one piece of Celery that was so limp that it bent over at a 45 degree angle. 

It also is the majority of a plant, and having always had plants around me, I knew that I could try to help it along with a little water.

It worked.   I found the largest pickle jar I had on hand, splashed an inch of water into the bottom, plopped the celery stalk in the jar and walked away.

Over the next two days, my little lab experiment firmed up very nicely.   The celery now is absolutely firm and crisp.   I have live food. 

It is one of those things that if you come across some vegetable that is getting a bit old, toss it in a shallow pan of water and it SHOULD pick up the water and come alive.

There is also a second part to this story.

When you chop your Celery, remember to leave an inch or two of the bottom of the plant.  Even if you cut all the way through your stalk, you can take that little slug and plant it in the garden.   Water it liberally and you will have a Permanent Celery Plant.   The Celery will take root and grow new Celery for you.   Since most people don't really use a LOT of the stuff, you may even find that you won't have to buy much Celery since you can just wander to the garden and pick a little when needed. 

After the holiday, the remnants of my little pickle jar will end up in the garden next to my cactus and my pineapple plants.   It's a little oddball, but why not?  After all, who doesn't like fresh food?

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