Homemade celery salt is the perfect way to bring a unique flavor to your favorite dishes. Use your extra garden harvests of celery by making celery salt.
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Making Celery Salt with Freeze-Dried or Dehydrated Celery
Why make your own celery salt?
- Flavor: If you’ve ever grown celery, you know that homegrown celery has a much more robust flavor than grocery store celery. Commercially grown celery is typically blanched to lighten and mellow the flavor. Blanching also reduces the nutritional value. I’ve come to love the flavor of homegrown celery and want to add it to my cooking all throughout the year, not just during celery season.
- Color: Freeze-dried celery retains its bright green color and freshness.
- Quality Salt: Use your favorite type of salt (such as sea salt or Himalayan pink salt) rather than the typical iodized salt commonly used in commercial celery salt blends.
- It’s economical: Although it packs in the flavor, the cost is minimal, especially compared to a small jar of a similar product.
- Makes an excellent & economical gift.
How to make homemade celery salt
The easiest way to make homemade celery salt is with freeze-dried or dehydrated celery.
- Freeze dry or dehydrate celery (leaves are also tasty for this).
- Grind the dried celery into a powder.
- Combine the celery powder with salt. The celery powder-to-salt ratio should be 4 parts celery to 1 part salt. For example, if you use one cup of celery flakes, you need 1/4 cup salt. You can use regular table salt or choose something more flavorful, like sea salt or Himalayan pink salt.
- Mix well, then transfer the mixture into an airtight jar and store it in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.
Learn more about how to make and use freeze-dried celery in this article.
New to freeze drying? This article shares tips for getting started.
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Using Your Celery Salt
Celery salt adds a unique flavor and depth of taste to almost any dish. Sprinkle it over salads, meats, and vegetables for an extra punch of flavor.
You can also use it as an ingredient in marinades and dressings—it goes exceptionally well with vinaigrettes!
Storing Celery Salt
To keep your homemade celery salt fresh and flavorful for as long as possible, store it in an airtight container away from direct sunlight and moisture. Ensure the lid is sealed tightly after each use so no moisture can get inside the container.
If stored properly in a cool, dry place such as a pantry shelf or kitchen cabinet, your homemade blend should last at least one year (or more!) before losing its flavor and aroma.
Making homemade celery salt is easy and rewarding! Using freeze-dried or dehydrated celery makes the process even simpler—all you have to do is grind up the flakes and mix them with some quality sea salts for maximum flavor impact!
Store properly and enjoy using this unique blend. I hope you’ll give it a try.