I’m sure we’ve all run into this problem at one time or another. You’re in the middle of a recipe. You get to the part where it says “2 stalks celery”. You get the celery out of the fridge only to find out it looks like this:
Your celery has lost its perkiness, and who wants mushy celery in their recipe? Nothing to do but toss the celery now, right? Nope. The good news is, you can make wilted celery crisp again!
Simple fix: First, cut the bottom end off the celery bunch
Next, put the celery in a jar or drinking glass and fill with water (cool to room temperature), like so:
If you really want your celery to be super straight, put a loose rubber band at the the top of the celery to hold all the stalks together. It’s really not necessary though.
Let celery sit in water for a few hours. You’ll know it’s done when it feels like fresh celery and it no longer bends. The amount of time it will take will depend on how wilted your celery is. If it’s just a little wilted, an hour or two may be sufficient. This batch was on it’s last legs, so I let it sit overnight. But the results speak for themselves:
Voila! Good as new.