How To Dehydrate Celery + Celery Powder

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Today I’m going to show you how to dehydrate celery and make celery powder as well. I love the texture and taste of celery, but I realize some people are not fond of it. My husband is one of those people. The texture of celery may not be pleasing to some family members, so if we make celery powder we can add it to various meals as well as to our morning smoothies!

I watch for fruits and vegetables to be in season because they taste better and they typically go on sale. This is when I stock up and dehydrate the ones I can use in meals and save money at the same time. Today I was able to pick up some celery for $1.00 each.

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How To Dehydrate Celery + Celery Powder

How To Dehydrate Celery

Step One

Cut the ends off the celery stalks as well as the leaves. Look for any ribs that may be bruised or anything we wouldn’t want to dehydrate.

How To Dehydrate Celery + Celery Powder

Step Two

Now, cut the ribs into 1/2-inch to 1-inch sections. I like the 1-inch size for soups and stews.

Cut the Celery

Step Three

This is when I wash the celery because I can clean almost every nook and cranny of the celery pieces. Let it drain.

Wash the celery

Step Four

Grab a soup pot, this one I use for so many things. It’s a 6-quart pot for blanching the celery in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, and then a 4-quart pot for plunging the celery in ice-cold water. (We don’t want to cook the celery so we plunge it in cold water.)

I quote, Clemson Education College of Agriculture “What is the purpose of blanching? Blanching stops enzyme actions which otherwise cause loss of flavor, color, and texture. In addition, blanching removes some surface dirt and microorganisms, brightens color, and helps slow vitamin losses.”

Blanch the Celery

Step Five

Have a pan or bowl ready to plunge the blanched celery into the icy water. I use a spoon skimmer ladle and place the drained celery onto the dehydrator racks.

Celery in Ice

Step Six

Spread the celery pieces evenly onto your dehydrator racks. My Excalibur Dehydrator recommends setting the temperature at 125 degrees F and 52 degrees C and dehydrate it until the stalks are leathery and somewhat brittle.

How To Dehydrate Celery + Celery Powder

Step Seven

The time to dehydrate will always depend on the humidity of the room you have your unit in. This batch took about 8 hours. Oh, and the house smells so good! I love dehydrating, can you tell?

Dehydrated Celery

Step Eight

How To Condition Your Fruit or Vegetables

If you live where it is HUMID: “To condition the fruit, take the dried fruit that has cooled and pack it loosely in plastic or glass jars. Seal the containers and let them stand for 7 to 10 days.

The excess moisture in some pieces will be absorbed by the drier pieces. Shake the jars daily to separate the pieces and check the moisture condensation.” https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/dry/pack_store.html

Read More of My Articles  Dehydrating Pears

I live in the DRY DESERT: I set my fruit and vegetables on my countertop for 5-7 days. Ten days is even better to make sure everything is dry before using your FoodSaver unit.

Conditioning

Step Nine

When it’s totally dry, use a FoodSaver to seal the jars.

FoodSaver

Step Ten-Celery Powder

When you are ready to make celery powder, place about 2 cups of dehydrated celery in a high-powered blender. Use the pulse button to pulverize it into a fine powder.

Blender

Step Eleven-Celery Powder

Then place the powder into airtight jars. I don’t use my FoodSaver to seal the powders, it’s a personal preference.

Celery Powder

Step Twelve-Celery Powder in a Jar

You should smell how wonderful this celery powder smells, oh my gosh, it is so awesome!

Celery Powder

Have You Tried Growing Celery?

All you do is fill a bowl with fresh water and place the cut-off celery ends in the bowl. You will have celery forever, literally. Just change out the water and use a fresh bowl to keep the celery growing without rotting. I have tried growing celery with seeds outside and it didn’t germinate. I may try planting the seeds inside next time and transplant the seedlings. Either way, I always have celery if I do this.

Grow Celery

Can I dehydrate these in my oven?

Yes, you can. Set your oven to the lowest temperature available. Place a ball of foil to keep the oven door ajar. You will need to check them every 15 minutes or so because they will dry very fast.

Health Benefits of Celery

Those of us who really enjoy eating celery probably tend to take it for granted. Besides providing a unique flavor to many meals, celery has a number of health benefits we can take advantage of.

Celery provides a significant amount of vitamin K, registering 40% of what we should intake each day. On that basis, it’s 10% of vitamin A, 10% of folate, and 6% of vitamin C. It also provides decent amounts of manganese, potassium, calcium, and sodium, all critical to our healthy approach to eating right.

Studies have shown other possible health benefits from consuming celery on a consistent basis:

We are using the word MAY today for obvious reasons. It MAY help fight cancer, reduce the inflammation that comes with chronic disease, MAY reduces our risk for heart disease, MAY help support fertility in males, and MAY help with natural digestive processes. We use MAY since each of us is different and could benefit to various degrees from the contents found in celery, and how our body reacts to them.

How To Dehydrate Celery + Celery Powder

5 from 4 votes
Celery Powder
Dehydrate Celery + Celery Powder
Prep Time
30 mins
Dehydrate
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 30 mins
 
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 3 Stocks of Celery (the entire bunch, all the ribs)
Instructions
  1. Cut the ends off the celery stalks as well as the leaves. Look for any ribs that may be bruised or anything we would not want to dehydrate. Now, cut the ribs into 1/2-inch to 1-inch sections. I like the 1-inch size for soups and stews. This is when I wash the celery because I can clean almost every nook and cranny of the celery pieces. Let it drain. Grab a soup pot, I use a 6-quart pot for blanching the celery for 1-2 minutes in boiling water and a 4-quart pot for plunging the celery in icy-cold water. (We don't want to cook the celery so we plunge it in cold water). I quote, Clemson Education College of Agriculture “What is the purpose of blanching? Blanching stops enzyme actions which otherwise cause loss of flavor, color, and texture. In addition, blanching removes some surface dirt and microorganisms, brightens color, and helps slow vitamin losses.” Have a pan or bowl ready to plunge the blanched celery into an icy-water. I use a spoon skimmer ladle and place the drained celery onto the dehydrator racks. Spread the celery pieces evenly onto your dehydrator racks. My Excalibur Dehydrator recommends setting the temperature at 125 degrees F and 52 degrees C and dehydrate it until the stalks are leathery and somewhat brittle. The time to dehydrate will always depend on the humidity of the room you have your unit in. This batch took about 8 hours. Oh, and the house smells so good! I love dehydrating, can you tell?

Condition
  1. If you live where it is HUMID: “To condition the fruit, take the dried fruit that has cooled and pack it loosely in plastic or glass jars. Seal the containers and let them stand for 7 to 10 days. The excess moisture in some pieces will be absorbed by the drier pieces. Shake the jars daily to separate the pieces and check the moisture condensation.” https://nchfp.uga.edu/how/dry/pack_store.html

    I live in the DRY DESERT: I set my fruit and vegetables on my countertop for 5-7 days. Ten days is even better to make sure everything is dry before using your FoodSaver unit. When it’s totally dry, use a FoodSaver to seal the jars.

Celery Powder
  1. When you are ready to make celery powder, place about 2 cups of dehydrated celery in a high-powered blender. Use the pulse button to pulverize it into a fine powder. Place it in airtight jars. I do not use my FoodSaver to seal the powders, it’s a personal preference.

Read More of My Articles  Dehydrating Spinach and Make Spinach Powder

Final Word

Dehydrating is such an easy thing to do and it saves us money since we’re never wasting any fruits or vegetables we have in the refrigerator or in the garden. If you can teach your kids and grandkids to dehydrate celery, or any other fruit and vegetable, they will have a skill they can use for a lifetime. May God Bless this world, Linda

Here are the other Dehydrating Posts I have done:

17 thoughts on “How To Dehydrate Celery + Celery Powder

  • August 7, 2021 at 7:10 am
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    Nice
    I’ve never done this

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    • August 7, 2021 at 9:06 am
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      Hi Matt, I think you would love it but you have other ways to preserve food that I admire! Linda

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  • August 7, 2021 at 7:15 am
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    5 stars
    Great post again, Linda. I love dehydrating items too.
    I’m like you. I love celery. I like to eat it raw with peanut butter or pimento cheese on it. Both are so good. I can’t imagine dressing without celery.

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    • August 7, 2021 at 9:08 am
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      Hi Deborah, I’m so excited about showing people how to dehydrate. Thank you for the 5 stars!! Oh, my gosh, I used to eat pimento cheese on celery growing up. How did I forget that cheese?! I love peanut butter on celery sticks too! Oh and turkey dressing is the best, I look forward to holidays for some! Linda

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  • August 7, 2021 at 10:56 am
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    5 stars
    This article came just in time! I had a bunch of chopped celery, thinking I’d use my nesco dryer but learned I can do it, at least to start, in the oven. Also, I think I would have blanched for too long. I also didn’t know to put it in a jar and shake it for a few days before Food Savering it. I’m going to make sleeves in a food saver bag so will have just the amts I need for different things. Thank you, Linda!

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    • August 7, 2021 at 3:22 pm
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      Hi Wendy, thank you for the 5 Stars! I would still dehydrate them! I love dehydrating so much! I love having my own dehydrated stuff! Linda

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      • August 9, 2021 at 6:54 am
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        Linda, I did dehydrate the celery using both the oven then my dehydrator. The oven did a great, much faster, job of taking away the big moisture from washing. I think I had it in the oven about an hour at 195 temp, then it only took about 4 hours in the dehydrator. Lol, it’s always surprising how a big item like celery can shrink to be so small. I think I will store it in my ‘partitions’ in 2 Tablespoon amts. Should be just enough for soups, creams?

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        • August 9, 2021 at 8:23 am
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          Hi Wendy, thanks for sharing your great tip on the FoodSaver sleeves! I love it! I love hearing the difference between the dehydrator and the oven dehydrating! It does shrink a LOT! I think 2 tablespoons is perfect! Linda

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          • August 9, 2021 at 8:51 am
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            Thanks, Linda!

    • August 8, 2021 at 9:35 am
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      5 stars
      Wendy how do you make Food Saver sleeves? Intrigued!

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      • August 8, 2021 at 9:45 am
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        Hi Kandy, thank you for the 5 stars!! I know we can’t add pictures here but Wendy put a picture in my Food Storage Moms FaceBook Group. Let me see if I can grab the link. Wendy can probably explain this better than me. I can’t find the link. Darn, Linda

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      • August 9, 2021 at 6:45 am
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        Kandy, I just take a food saver bag, turn it sideways to make 2-3 ‘partitions’ (3 in the 11 inch wide, 2 in the 8 inch wide), drop in small amts of whatever I’m storing, then seal the top. It’s a way for me to use too short bags or the tail end of a roll. As Linda said, I did put this on her Facebook page which I hope you have joined. I found whether storing dehydrated or frozen things using my Food Saver, it’s kinda handy to have these small amts. Like, I dehydrated my celery (almost a complete stalk), will be putting in these sleeves Just Enough for a recipe. Hope this helps to explain. ☮️

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        • August 9, 2021 at 11:40 am
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          5 stars
          Thank you Wendy. I had wondered if this could be done!

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          • August 10, 2021 at 10:32 am
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            It works great! I don’t make as big of recipes as I used to, so it’s nice to have just what I need without waste.

  • August 12, 2021 at 1:40 pm
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    How do I store the dehydrated 1” pieces of celery?

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    • August 12, 2021 at 4:05 pm
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      Hi Shelly, I store mine in pint-size jars using my FoodSaver. I have a picture showing that in the post if that would help. Linda

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