I have been freezing celery and onions for years. It’s so much easier to cut them up in big batches and it is so handy to then have them cut up for recipes later. It’s also helpful to reduce waste (because who uses a whole stock of celery anyway). I hate to waste! You can cut up the celery leaves in the bags as well. They have lots of flavor, so don’t throw them away. These celery stalks and onions were leftovers from my garden before the freeze.
Here’s How to Freeze Celery and Onions
Wash celery. I clean out my sink well, then fill it up with cold water and 1 T. of white vinegar and soak the celery for a few minutes.
Cut celery and leaves in small pieces.
Put celery servings in individual ziploc bags (I used the snack size). If you wanted to be a perfectionist, you could dry off the celery so it doesn’t get ice crystals on it. I’m not a perfectionist, so I don’t do stuff like that!
Put each individual snack size ziploc in a gallon freezer bag and label. It’s that easy!
Follow the same instructions for onions (note: I did not use individual bags on the onions because I was suffering from severe onions hurting my eyes so I shoved them all in 1 big bag. I can break off what I need because onions are more pliable. I wouldn’t suggest this with the celery, it really does need to be in individual bags.).
What do you use the frozen celery and onions in? Anything you want! They work great with anything that is cooked (so I wouldn’t put them in a green salad), but you can use them in soups, casseroles, meat dishes, pasta dishes. You can’t even tell they’ve been in the freezer, they taste very fresh.
TIP: The celery and onions will last about a year in your freezer.
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Thanks for this information have lots to freeze. I am going to use vacuum bags
Thank you for the tip on freezing celery. I have been freezing chopped and half-moon slices of onions for years (Thanks Costco!) but have not tried freezing celery and carrots yet.
Bless you for this post! I am stuck working 7 full days before Thanksgiving this year and wondered how I could cut as much time on the big cooking day as possible! I have never frozen celery before and DO waste a lot too (and since I buy organic celery it’s a double ouch). I’m all for not wasting too and make all my own soups too-this will surely be a time saver!
I am glad the tip was useful to you! I hate to throw things away and celery is one of those things that I never use the whole thing… so I just throw some in a bag in the freezer and it’s great for cooked dishes like soup or stuffing etc…