How to Re-Crisp Celery

Limp celery can be rejuvenated by cold water.
Limp celery can be rejuvenated by cold water. (Image: Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Fresh celery is a crisp and healthy vegetable with distinctively savory flavor notes. Unfortunately, just a few days in the refrigerator can leave celery or other crisp vegetables limp and rubbery. Rather than discarding the celery and buying more, savvy cooks can return it to its original crisp condition.

Things You'll Need

  • Celery
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Measuring cup, jar or other container

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Lay the celery on a cutting board. If it is still in a single head, trim about 1/8 inch from the root end with a sharp knife. If the celery is already separated into individual ribs, trim each one to the same length.

Select a jar or measuring cup that will hold all the celery. Stand the head or the individual stalks in the cup with the root end down.

Fill the jar or cup with cold water. Refrigerate the cup of water with the celery in it. After three or four hours, the celery should have returned to its original crispness.

Change the water daily, until all the celery has been used.


  • "On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen"; Harold S. McGee; 2004
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