The Best Ways to Store Celery Root for Long-lasting Freshness

Celery root, also known as celeriac, is a delicious and nutritious vegetable that can be used in many different dishes. This root vegetable has a unique flavor that adds depth to soups, stews, and other recipes. However, storing celery root can be challenging for some people.

In this blog post, we’ll provide you with helpful tips on how to store celery root properly so you can enjoy its fresh taste for longer periods of time.

Choosing Celery Root

Before learning how to store celery root properly, it’s important to know how to choose the best one from the market or grocery store. When selecting celery roots at the store or farmer’s market:

Look for Firmness

Choose firm roots without any cracks or soft spots.

Avoid Large Roots

Large roots tend to have woody cores which are better for making puree while smaller ones are sweeter and tenderer when eaten raw

Fresh Smell

Also pick those with fresh earthy smells like mushrooms because they lose their flavors if kept too long

Storing Whole Celery Root

If you’re not planning on using your celery root right away, there are several ways you can store it whole:

In The Fridge

Wrap the unpeeled whole celery in damp paper towels then place them in plastic bags(make sure all air is out) before putting them into crisper drawer of fridge.This will keep them moist but they Should last maximum 4 weeks

In The Basement or Cellar

For those who live in colder regions where temperature goes below zero Celsius(32 Fahrenheit), burying unpeeled ,dampened celeriacs under dry sand will keep them alive up till early spring.Unlike the fridge, it will retain its crispiness.

Storing Cut-Up Celery Root

If you’ve already cut up your celery root, here are some ways to store them:

In The Fridge

Place cut-up celery root pieces in a Ziplock bag and squeeze out as much air as possible. Additionally, placing paper towels inside the bag can help absorb excess moisture. These chopped up pieces should last for 1-2 weeks if not longer

In The Freezer

Another great way to preserve celery roots is by freezing them.When prepping celeriacs like dicing or slicing then blanching (Boiling briefly in salted water till partially cooked),putting into cooler ice bath before pat drying and storing into freezer bags and squeezing all air out because they don’t freeze but tend to be mushy when thawed .

Cooking with Celery Root

Celery root is an incredibly versatile vegetable that can be used in many different dishes. It can be mashed like potatoes ,roasted or pureed for soup .It also pairs well with other flavors such as garlic, thyme, nutmeg and mustard

In conclusion knowing how long any food could keep fresh especially vegetables as nutrient dense as celery root makes a difference both nutritionally and financially.So no more wasting good stuff!

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