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So, my whole life I thought celery was nasty until I was forced by hunger to eat some at my sister-in-law's.  Hey, I thought, this is pretty good with ranch, adn actually, I could even eat it plain!  Since then I've had difficulty with getting celery that didn't taste like hairspray (like I grew up with).

Are there any hints or tips to buying or storing celery so it tastes clean and fresh, not bitter and chemically?  It seems very hit and miss whether my celery is "edible."

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try with peanutbutter

wash and dry you celery, wrap in tin foil and store in fridge.  Stays fresh for quite a while.

1) Buy light-green celery that looks as plump and well-hydrated as possible.  Stringy stalks, or those that are darker green, will be more bitter.  (Celery hearts and the pale part at the bottom of the celery rib are usually the best-tasting.)

2) I wash mine right away and store it wrapped in clean plastic bags.  If I don't use it before it starts to wilt, I cut the stalks in half and cut off the bottom (so they're separate ribs) and store them in a pitcher of water in the fridge.

try organic celery, maybe the chemical taste you're getting from it truly is chemicals... Organic is completely natural has no chemicals on it. try skinning your celery if you still think it tastes icky, my mom used to do that to mine as a child. and peanut butter I must agree is delicious on celery!

Original Post by awheat4789:

try organic celery, maybe the chemical taste you're getting from it truly is chemicals... Organic is completely natural has no chemicals on it. try skinning your celery if you still think it tastes icky, my mom used to do that to mine as a child. and peanut butter I must agree is delicious on celery!

 To add, non-organic celery is one of the top 10 produce with the highest levels of pesticides.

Original Post by puh8suwrux:

So, my whole life I thought celery was nasty until I was forced by hunger to eat some at my sister-in-law's.  Hey, I thought, this is pretty good with ranch, adn actually, I could even eat it plain!  Since then I've had difficulty with getting celery that didn't taste like hairspray (like I grew up with).

Are there any hints or tips to buying or storing celery so it tastes clean and fresh, not bitter and chemically?  It seems very hit and miss whether my celery is "edible."

Try organic and wash it well. Look for young tender celery. You can find red celery in local markets now. May try that. Good with dip, in salad, in soups and different recipes like roast and potatoes. Good with natural peanut butter, cream cheese.

I agree that you should stick to the hearts and the inside paler celery. It is yummier, less stringy and more tender.

Sorry, I'm not of any help, but if anyone knows of a way to make celery more edible, I'd be interested to hear.  Celery is the one food that I've always wanted to like, but I just can't get myself to like it.  Perhaps it's the texture... I find that when it's cooked or added to soups, it's somewhat more edible.  :/

W/ peanut butter, dressing, mixed in tuna salad/macaroni salad/etc.

It's also good with cream cheese or hummus. 

You don't have to like it.  Everyone has stuff they don't like.  I don't like raw zucchini and yellow squash, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it since there are plenty of other vegetables that I do like.

That's the thing.  Sometimes I like it enough I eat it plain.  Other times I can't eat it even if I stick a lot of stuff on it.  I was just wondering what the difference was.  I'll try going for the light green stalks - I know the leaves taste really bad unless they are cooked into something, so that makes sense.

Thanks everyone, for your input!

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