Celery is a kitchen workhorse. It’s an ingredient we always have on hand at America’s Test Kitchen because we use it every day to add vegetal flavor to soups and braises or crunch to salads.
What to Look for When Buying Celery
But what should you look for at the grocery store? For the best flavor and crunch, skip the bagged trimmed “celery hearts” and look for loose heads of celery, which tend to taste fresher. Seek out heads that still have plenty of leaves attached (they add great flavor to salads too!).
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The Best Way to Store Celery
Once you’re home from shopping, do as we do in the test kitchen and wrap your celery in aluminum foil; this keeps the celery moist but still lets it breathe, which helps keep it fresher longer (often up to several weeks!).
What to Do with Celery
Strip Steaks with Celery and Blue Cheese SaladSmoked paprika and sherry vinegar provide deep flavor to the salad and sauce that pair with the steaks.
In our recipe for Strip Steaks with Celery and Blue Cheese Salad, crunchy celery gets sliced thin and tossed with funky blue cheese, toasty almonds, and a potent smoked paprika and sherry vinaigrette. These additions are strong enough to stand up to celery’s peppery bite, making a salad that I couldn’t stop thinking about for days after tasting it.