How to make celery powder in your dehydrator easily

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Don’t let any part of your celery go to lớn waste! I nói qua my ideas for using celery leaves and pieces, and show you how to lớn make celery salt and celery powder. They’re frugal, healthy seasonings that also happen to lớn be delicious!

Lately I have a couple of big problems.

I just cleared out the clothes that were too big for me from my closet, & you know how many long sleeved shirts I have that I can wear without looking ridiculous?

Three! (And I bought two of them in the last week. Sigh.)

It’s a problem I always dreamed of having, but now that the cooler weather is coming, I really need to lớn get shopping. (I also need a great pair of jeans, so if you’ve got suggestions, throw them my way!)

One of the things that brought me to lớn this state of having nothing lớn wear is that I’ve developed a bit of an addiction to celery.

Watch how easy it is lớn make celery salt và celery powder

I know that sounds weird, but…

Despite the fact that I was eating a pretty healthy diet overall, I couldn’t đại bại weight, and I just didn’t feel right.

Beginning in March, I started making changes to my diet, little by little, và have lost just over 35 pounds since then. I’ll talk more about my weight loss journey some day soon (as soon as I can get some good before & after pictures together), but today I would like to emphasize what a great role celery has served throughout the process.

I’d also lượt thích to help solve another problem that comes with a celery addiction…

I’ve always liked celery, but I never really was good about cleaning it và having it ready in the fridge to snack on. Plus, let’s face it, it can get a little bit boring to lớn just eat celery all of the time (or at least it seems that way at first.)

I’ve gotten in the habit of making sure to have lots of nice, clean celery stalks cut into snack sized pieces, waiting for me in the fridge. I was already eating a mostly paleo diet, but I still had a lot more cravings for other types of snacks. I filled up on a lot of nuts & seeds, but didn’t use vegetables as a snack as much as I could have.

Since then, I’ve found that if I’m craving something sweet, I can make the craving go away by eating celery dipped in (unsweetened) almond butter. Wanting something salty? I reach for celery dipped in homemade aioli or some other homemade sauce. (I’ll have to share some of my recipes for those soon.)

OK- don’t think I’m living off of celery by any means. In fact, you can eat too much celery, especially if you make it one of the main staples in your diet, at the expense of other healthy foods. I’ve read that if you need lớn limit your sodium levels, that you should watch the amount of celery you eat (but seeing as my blood pressure is incredibly low, that isn’t an issue for me). So, no, I’m not living off of celery; I’ve just been eating a lot more of it lately, & it has become one of my “go-to” snacks when I rarely or almost never ate it before.

At first it was difficult for me lớn make some of these changes. What’s interesting, though, is that I’ve found that my tastes have completely changed since the beginning of the year. I find myself actually craving celery sticks, rather than crackers, and find myself reaching for them almost every day. That nice, crunchy clean taste just really appeals lớn me often now.

My new addiction to celery brought me to another problem…

You over up with a lot of leftover celery leaves & other not-so-pretty bits and pieces that you don’t really want khổng lồ be dipping into your jar of almond butter. 😉

What to vì chưng with celery leaves?

Celery leaves are actually quite tasty & incredibly versatile.

Add celery leaves to salads: My aunt likes lớn cut up the leaves and địa chỉ them to lớn her green salads. I had never tried it myself until I went to lớn her house for lunch one day. I was surprised to lớn find that it can be a delicious addition khổng lồ change up and showroom a burst of flavor to your raw greens. (I think that it especially pairs up well with salads with táo slices.) I think the best leaves for salads are the lighter green, younger leaves, but that is a matter or taste, of course.Chop celery leaves & use them as an herb.

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Celery leaves make a great replacement for fresh parsley in many recipes. You can chop the fresh leaves and add them khổng lồ salsa và homemade salad dressings, for example. You can also dry the leaves và crumble them, using them as you would dried parsley.Make celery powder with leftover leaves và ugly stalk pieces.This is actually probably my favorite use of leftover celery leaves and bits & pieces. It’s simple enough to lớn dehydrate the leftover pieces and grind them into a fine powder once they are fully dry. The nice thing about celery powder is that it doesn’t take up much space at all và it keeps very well. I lượt thích to địa chỉ cửa hàng it to soups, sauces, and all sorts of other dishes to showroom flavor and nutrients.Make celery salt. Celery salt is just a modified use of celery powder. It is often made with ground celery seed that is mixed with salt. Don’t have celery seeds? You can also make a wonderful celery salt using the leaves & other not-so-pretty celery bits. Celery salt is often asked for in recipes, but I like to use it in place of regular sauce in all sorts of recipes to địa chỉ extra nutrients và flavor!Save for chickens or compost.If you don’t want to lớn use the celery leaves yourself, don’t throw them away! When I’m short on time (and my freezer is full, & I have an abundance of celery powder on hand already), I throw them to lớn my hens và they seem khổng lồ love them. You can also địa chỉ them to your compost bin.

Should you blanch celery before dehydrating it?

It is often suggested that you should blanch vegetables before dehydrating them. Blanched veggies are said to lớn be more tender, rehydrate faster, and have a reduced cooking time.

Blanching consists of taking a food, dunking it briefly in boiling water, and then dunking it into cool water lớn stop the food from cooking.

The theory here is that blanching will deactivate enzymes in the veggies that help decompose them and turn them brown. It’s supposed to lớn extend storage time by keeping the veggies from browning or picking up off-flavors after several months of storage. So, if you are using stalk bits và want to keep the celery powder for months and months, you may be able to lớn keep it tasting fresh for longer if you blanch them first.

While I’ve read that blanching can make a huge difference in the final texture of dehydrated celery when you rehydrate it in pieces, when grinding the stalks into celery powder, I don’t find it necessary.Perhaps some of those enzymes are already inactivated when you dehydrate the celery as my homemade celery powder seems to stay a nice shade of green.

You can probably guess that I never blanch the celery stalk pieces when making celery powder or salt, & I haven’t had any problems with it.