WTF do you do with Costco-sized celery?

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    Sep 03, 2013 10:29 PM GMT
    I really do know better than to buy produce at Costco. The prices are good, but in most cases, I can't eat that much before it spoils. Anyhow, last week I had celery, carrots, and onions on my list, and didn't want to drive to another store...

    I still have nine bunches of celery left and it's starting to get soft...

    All I can think of is juicing it. Then the juice would sit in the fridge for another two weeks before getting poured down the drain.
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    Sep 03, 2013 10:31 PM GMT
    Dip it in stuff...

    Or Glue 2 or more pieces together and Dip it in You!

    ~ Martha Stewart

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    Sep 03, 2013 10:38 PM GMT
    A big pot of chili! icon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gificon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 03, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    You only buy produce from there for big events (family reunions, company picnics, etc).
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    Sep 03, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    How about celery art?
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    Sep 03, 2013 10:49 PM GMT
    I'll try putting some of it in the gazpacho tonight.

    (Dang, does everything automatically go into "All Things Gay" now?)
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    Sep 03, 2013 10:56 PM GMT
    If you juiced it you could then freeze it. Even if you just pureed it I'd think that the puree would keep well in the freezer.

    I'm trying to think of what one could do with celery puree and drawing a blank. Use it instead of water for cooking lentils or brown rice?
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    Sep 03, 2013 11:26 PM GMT
    Chop it up and freeze it.

    I think you can freeze celery along with other veggies like onions.

    In the winter, you just toss it into your soups.

    I googled it and found that if you finely chop it, and freeze it on a baking tray, then bag it up, it should keep OK. I've never tried it.

    Also, another suggestion I accidentally found online in the process - have a bloody mary party with your friends. That will use it up quick.

    I'm sure some RJers would volunteer to come over.
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    Sep 03, 2013 11:55 PM GMT
    TheQuest saidChop it up and freeze it.

    I think you can freeze celery along with other veggies like onions.

    In the winter, you just toss it into your soups.

    I googled it and found that if you finely chop it, and freeze it on a baking tray, then bag it up, it should keep OK. I've never tried it.

    Also, another suggestion I accidentally found online in the process - have a bloody mary party with your friends. That will use it up quick.

    I'm sure some RJers would volunteer to come over.

    yup .. do this with the carrots too ... just cook them slightly before freezing ... I think it is called blanching
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    Sep 04, 2013 12:03 AM GMT
    OK. You guys bring the bloody mary's. I'll bring the celery and the lube-wrestling pool.
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    Sep 04, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    Juice and Freeze?

    Juice, strain off pulp..Separate into 1-2 cup portions and freeze.

    Celery juice can be a base for soups,sauces and shakes.

    Have you ever tried steaming a chicken breast with any kind of vegetable juice ?.. It's surprisingly good.. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Sep 04, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    Just buy Costco sized tuna and mayo. Make tuna salad sandwiches that will last a month. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 04, 2013 3:30 AM GMT
    xrichx saidJust buy Costco sized tuna and mayo. Make tuna salad sandwiches that will last a month. icon_biggrin.gif


    OMG! I've now got a craving!
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    Sep 04, 2013 3:31 AM GMT
    Glad no one mentioned the obvious. Stay classy, RJ!
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    Sep 04, 2013 3:46 AM GMT
    Celery is so complicated to me. I tend to roast a lot of veggies with just olive oil and salt and pepper but I mean I really don't see that working well with celery.

    Maybe you could make like a decant chicken salad or tuna salad and scoop them into pre-cut halves of celery sticks. Maybe even some kind of stir-fry?
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    Sep 04, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidGlad no one mentioned the obvious. Stay classy, RJ!

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    Sep 04, 2013 4:32 PM GMT
    You could chop it all up and include it with an equal amount of carrots and other vegetables in a nourishing soup, with a base of V8 juice. A big bowl of this once a day is healthy, filling and you're getting a whole lot of vegetables.

    P.S.: For years I had a Costco membership / paying the annual fee and putting up with the crowds in the store and parking lot. Warehouse shopping......not so much fun. I thought I had to put up with all this because I was saving a boatload of money. Right. One day I stopped into a normal grocery store and found out the prices were not all that different.......not different enough to make up for the annual fee and all the crowds / pushing and shoving / long lines / and especially the line going out the door - where the clerks want to paw through your stuff and ask you how many of an item you bought, while examining your receipt. So - no more bull, and I shop at normal, quieter, sane grocery stores, without an annual fee or crowds. And - I don't buy extra stuff I don't use before it spoils.
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    Sep 04, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
    The juice could make an interesting braising liquid for lamb shanks.
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    Sep 04, 2013 6:56 PM GMT
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    TheRece25 saidDip it in stuff...

    Or Glue 2 or more pieces together and Dip it in You!

    ~ Martha Stewart

    =]


    LOL


    Ahh ahh so haha you see ha where I was goin with that haha.. This Guy!

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    Sep 04, 2013 7:04 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidYou could chop it all up and include it with an equal amount of carrots and other vegetables in a nourishing soup, with a base of V8 juice. A big bowl of this once a day is healthy, filling and you're getting a whole lot of vegetables.

    P.S.: For years I had a Costco membership / paying the annual fee and putting up with the crowds in the store and parking lot. Warehouse shopping......not so much fun. I thought I had to put up with all this because I was saving a boatload of money. Right. One day I stopped into a normal grocery store and found out the prices were not all that different.......not different enough to make up for the annual fee and all the crowds / pushing and shoving / long lines / and especially the line going out the door - where the clerks want to paw through your stuff and ask you how many of an item you bought, while examining your receipt. So - no more bull, and I shop at normal, quieter, sane grocery stores, without an annual fee or crowds. And - I don't buy extra stuff I don't use before it spoils.


    The trick to Costco is remembering the prices of things that you shop for and differentiating between the "bait" items, which pay for the trip, and things that are just large packages with ordinary unit prices. A few things like table grapes, coffee, Brother label maker tapes, dried fruit and raw almonds are so much cheaper than other stores that they pay for my time and fuel to drive out there. Other things... not so much.

    Oh, BTW, I extended this week's gazpacho about 30% with celery. It came out a little bland, so I added more onion, anaheim peppers, and some balsamic vinegar. Now I have way much. May have to invite people over for a gazpacho party.
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    Sep 04, 2013 11:36 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidP.S.: For years I had a Costco membership / paying the annual fee ...

    I totally agree. Unless you're a family of four you really have to work at it to break even with the annual fee.