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How Can I Keep Celery From Going Bad So Fast?

by Jenny Harrington, studioD

The crisp, slightly peppery yet refreshing flavor of celery stands out whether served raw or cooked. Improperly stored, celery can quickly lose its crispness and fill your vegetable drawer with limp, flavorless stalks. You can prevent it from going bad quickly by packaging it correctly. Moisture within the celery stalk keeps it crisp, but too much outside moisture can make it go limp and turn slimy. Properly stored, celery can store well for two weeks.

Dry the stalks completely with a paper towel. If the celery still has its leafy tops, pat them dry so no moisture remains in the leaves.

Wrap the celery in a dry paper towel. Place the wrapped celery in a closed plastic bag.

Store the wrapped and bagged celery in a the vegetable crisper drawer of the refrigerator. Maintain temperatures between 33 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit during storage for the longest life.

Trim off the bottom of the celery if it begins to go limp during storage but is otherwise undamaged. Place the celery in a glass of lukewarm water for 30 minutes so it crisps up again. Dry, wrap and return the stalks to storage afterward.

Items you will need
  •  Paper towels
  •  Plastic bag
  •  Water glass


  • Freezing allows you to store celery for months, but it will lose its crispness and only be suitable for cooked dishes.

About the Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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