How to Cut Celery in 4 Different Ways

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Celery makes for a crunchy addition to salads, a delicious snack when paired with peanut butter, hummus, or ranch dressing, and a flavorful ingredient in soups and stews. At just ten calories per stalk, it’s one of the lowest-calorie foods you can enjoy. It also packs a satisfying crunch that lends a layer of interest to a variety of meals. You’ll find that celery is at the backbone of a huge number of dishes you can create in the kitchen.

It’s also loaded with health benefits. It contains antioxidants that help protect your body, cells, and organs from oxidative damage. It’s also high in vitamin C, beta carotene, and flavonoids that help keep inflammation at bay. Pectin-based polysaccharides in celery have been shown to improve digestion, decrease stomach ulcers, and improve the stomach lining. It’s also high in vitamins A and K, plus minerals like potassium and folate.

Luckily, cutting celery is relatively easy and requires little to no culinary skills. You just need a cutting board and a sharp cutting knife. Read on for a step-by-step tutorial on how to cut celery.

How to Pick the Best Celery Bunch

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When buying celery by the bunch, there are a few things to keep an eye out for. First of all, look for bright green leaves with no brown or yellow spots. Browning on the leaves indicates that the celery has been sitting around for a while. You want to find stalks that are green and crisp. If you see stalks that are beginning to wilt or shrivel at the top, look for a different bunch. You also want to look out for celery bunches that are firm and tightly packed. If you notice that the bottom of the bunch is separated or coming apart in any way, pick a different bunch.

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How to Cut Celery

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Cutting celery is relatively easy and requires just a few simple steps. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Separate the stalks from the bunch by gently snapping them off, one by one, from the main bunch.
  2. Wash the individual stalks under cool tap water to remove any dirt and debris. Next, cut off the large white section at the bottom of each stalk. Cut off the top portion of the stalk by cutting right below the spot where the main stalk splits off into the leafy sections.
  3. From here, you have a number of different choices in how you cut the celery. You can eat it exactly as-is, especially when topped with peanut butter or dipped into a creamy dressing. Or, you have a few options to cut the stalks further.

Cut in Chunks

To cut into large chunks used for stocks and stews, use your chef’s knife and cut the stalks crosswise into one-inch to one-and-a-half-inch pieces.

Cut in Slices

For thin celery slices that you can use in salads or sautés, slice the celery stalk crosswise into thin slices. You can cut every 1/8-inch to 1/4-inch to create thicker or thinner slices, depending on your needs. You can also cut slices on a bias for sturdier, heartier slices.

Finely Dice

Cut the celery stalk into thin sticks lengthwise. Next, create a fine dice by grouping the thin sticks together and cutting them width-wise. You can use diced celery in salads, casseroles, soups, and more.

Julienne the Celery

To perfectly julienne the celery, cut the celery stalk into halves or thirds, pending on the length of the stalk. Next, cut the halved stalk lengthwise into two or three even strips. You can use these celery sticks in salads and soups.

How Long Will Cut Celery Last?

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Whole celery stalks can stay fresh in the refrigerator for two to four weeks. Once cut up, celery keeps for four days to a week. Be sure to seal it in a food storage bag or container for the best results. You can also store cooked celery in a similar manner. It will last three to four days in the refrigerator.

Celery makes for a deliciously healthy snack and a great addition to any diet. It takes just a little know-how to cut it properly, and you can use it for a variety of applications in the kitchen.