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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

CELERY — FRESH, RAW

RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 1-2 weeks
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 12-18 months
Tips
  • How long does raw celery last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — after purchasing, keep celery refrigerated at all times.
  • To maximize the shelf life of raw celery, wrap tightly in aluminum foil; celery may also be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, or placed in a covered container or plastic bag.
  • How long does raw celery last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, celery will usually keep well for about 1 to 2 weeks in the fridge.
  • Do you need to wash raw celery before eating it? Yes, celery should be thoroughly washed in running water before eating.
  • How long does raw celery last after it’s been sliced or chopped? Chopped raw celery will last for 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
  • How long does celery last in the fridge once it has been cooked? Cooked celery will usually stay good for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator and 10 to 12 months in the freezer.
  • Can you freeze celery? Yes, to freeze: (1) Wash thoroughly and cut into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces; (2) Blanch (plunge into boiling water) for three minutes and chill quickly in ice cold water; (3) Drain off excess moisture, package in airtight containers or freezer bags and freeze immediately.
  • How long does celery last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 12 to 18 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • Frozen celery will soften when thawed, and is best used in cooked dishes.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only — celery that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if celery is bad or spoiled? Celery that is spoiling will typically become soft, and discolored and easy to bend; discard any celery that has an off smell or appearance.

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