Need some things to do with celery? Here’s a way to use up a lot of it- celery shrinks pretty dramatically when it’s dried, and even more when it’s rendered into a fine powder, so you can fit a lot of stalks into a little jar!
You will need:
- Celery stalks and/or leaves
- A dehydrator
- A coffee grinder
Start off by washing your celery well and stripping it of leaves. Lay the leaves out in a single layer on a towel, lightly patting them dry, and set aside.
If using celery stalks, chop off the white bottom of the plant and discard to the compost heap. Take the stalks, slicing off any remaining white at the ends, and start chopping them up into thin slices. The thinner the slices, the quicker they dry!
To dehydrate, spread the leaves out in a single layer on a rack. Check your dehydrator settings for the correct temperature- I set mine to ‘herbs and spices’, or 95 F. Check back frequently, and remove leaves once completely dried.
The celery stalks are a bit different- they shrink dramatically when dried, and can end up falling between the holes in the rack if nothing blocks them. Use a solid tray insert or cut a piece of parchment paper to size, scattering the chopped stalks on top. I kept my dehydrator settings the same, but it took three days for my stalks to be dry enough to use, so some experimentation may be in order!
Toss the dried celery stalks into a coffee grinder and grind to a fine powder. Sift it every so often: you want to keep that super-fine powder that makes it through the mesh of the strainer. Anything that doesn’t sift through just toss straight back into the coffee grinder until they’re powdered enough.
Powder the leaves next- they won’t take as long as the stalks. Grind, sift, toss the stuff that doesn’t make it through the strainer back in and repeat.
Now that you have your celery powder, all that’s left to do is blend it together with your salt. Nothing complicated, just blend together one part celery powder to one part salt: If you have 1 teaspoon of powder, mix it with 1 teaspoon of salt, if you have 3 teaspoons of powder mix it with 3 teaspoons of salt, and so on. I popped mine back into the coffee grinder for just a second afterwards, just to make sure it’s well-blended.
Pour your finished salt into a lidded container, and you’re done!