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How to make celery powder?
Jan 25, 2021

If you love homemade seasonings and spice mixes, add celery powder to the list! This simple tutorial will show you how to make your own DIY celery powder.


Celery powder: one of the many seasonings I use very regularly. Onion powder, garlic salt (or powder), and celery powder are all natural flavor enhancers and I use them all the time.


Since buying my dehydrator I have been having all sorts of fun with it. One thing I said I wanted to do next year is to make my own spices by dehydrating my basil, green onion tops, echinacea and other stuff like that. I had already dried tomatoes with great results, and knew it was time to branch out a bit. It occurred to me that I could actually make some of my own spices now.


I was out of celery powder and since we don’t grow celery in our garden anyway, why not buy some celery and make my own celery powder? It was really easy to do. All you need is celery, a dehydrator and a chopper/grinder.

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How to Make Celery Powder:

I wasn’t sure what celery would dehydrate down to. Since celery has such a large water content, I figured to get very much at all, I would need to dehydrate at least 1 bunch of celery. So I started out by cleaning and cutting the ends of the stalks.


Learn how to make your own celery powder - did you even know you could? You'll be amazed by the taste!

In order to evenly dry your celery, slicing crossways is the best way to ensure an evenly-cut thickness. You can cut lengthways and save some time, but you will end up with pieces that are still wet, while others are dry. I cut my slices in 1/4 in thickness.



Once they are all sliced, they need to be evenly placed on your drying racks (I forgot a picture of this process). Make sure no pieces are overlapping each other, as this will cause them to dry unevenly.


I set my dehydrator on 125 and ran it for about 10 hours. You can set the thermostat a little lower if you like and and run it for 12 hours.


When the celery is dry it should snap in half easily and you will have a bunch of little pieces like this:

Learn how to make your own celery powder - did you even know you could? You'll be amazed by the taste!

Next you will need your chopper. Mother uses a spice grinder, I used my blender. I do think the grinder got more of the little chunks turned to powder, but my blender worked good as well. A chopper should give the same results if the speed goes high enough.

One thing to remember: you are making a powder, so be sure to seal the lid well. I actually put a piece of plastic wrap on the top before I put the lid on. As well, make sure the dust has settled inside the chopper before removing the lid. 


Let your chopper run for several minutes until you no longer hear pieces clicking around inside the canister. There were a few larger pieces in the powder, but for the most part it was very fine and powdery.

Use your celery powder to help boost the flavor of any dish that you are making when you don’t want to add more salt, onion powder or garlic powder. Celery powder is also a natural source of sodium nitrate and can be used as a healthy preservative.


This is one of the many reasons that I love my dehydrator. In fact, this spring I made a list of my larger household investments that have helped me save money and you can be sure my dehydrator made the list!

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Celery Powder

Ingredients


1 bunch celery (at least)

Equipment


dehydrator

chopper/grinder

Instructions

  1. Clean and cut the ends off the stalks.

  2. Slice celery crossways cutting slices at about 1/4 inch thick.

  3. Place evenly on dehydrator drying racks.

  4. Set dehydrator at 125 degrees F and run it for about 10 hours. You can set the thermostat a little lower if you like and run it for 12 hours. When the celery is dry it should snap in half easily and you will have a bunch of little pieces,

  5. Use a chopper, spice grinder, or blender to grind to a fine powder. Let your chopper run for several minutes until you no longer hear pieces clicking around inside the canister.

  6. Use your celery powder to help boost the flavor of any dish that you are making when you don't want to add more salt, onion powder or garlic powder.

Notes

One thing to remember: you are making a powder, so be sure to seal the lid well. Also make sure the dust has settled inside the chopper before removing the lid.

After dehydrating 1 bunch of celery, I ended up with a whopping 2 ounces of celery powder.

Celery powder is also a natural source of sodium nitrate and can be used as a healthy preservative

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What to do with celery leaves?

Celery leaves are actually quite tasty and incredibly versatile.


Add celery leaves to salads: My aunt likes to cut up the leaves and add them to her green salads. I had never tried it myself until I went to her house for lunch one day. I was surprised to find that it can be a delicious addition to change up and add a burst of flavor to your raw greens. (I think that it especially pairs up well with salads with apple slices.) I think the best leaves for salads are the lighter green, younger leaves, but that is a matter or taste, of course.


Add celery leaves and stalk pieces to stocks and bone broths: I like to freeze some of the leaves, and the small, ugly stalk bits I cut from my snacking pieces, so I can have them handy whenever I make stock or bone broth. Celery is probably my favorite vegetable for adding to stocks and broths. Not only is it incredibly healthy, adding its vitamins and antioxidants to your already healthy broths, but it also adds delicious flavor. I also often blend celery leaves and stalk pieces, along with onions, into soups with an immersion blender to give them great flavor and a thicker consistency. (That was a tip I learned from another one of my aunts.)


Chop celery leaves and use them as an herb. Celery leaves make a great replacement for fresh parsley in many recipes. You can chop the fresh leaves and add them to salsa and homemade salad dressings, for example. You can also dry the leaves and crumble them, using them as you would dried parsley.


Make pesto sauce with celery leaves. My son is so obsessed with the flavor of basil that I still haven’t gotten around to trying this myself, but I’ve seen many people comment on how delicious celery leaf pesto can be! If you’d like to try it yourself, exchange the basil leaves with celery leaves in my recipe for homemade pesto sauce.


Make celery powder with leftover leaves and ugly stalk pieces. This is actually probably my favorite use of leftover celery leaves and bits and pieces. It’s simple enough to dehydrate the leftover pieces and grind them into a fine powder once they are fully dry. The nice thing about celery powder is that it doesn’t take up much space at all and it keeps very well. I like to add it to soups, sauces, and all sorts of other dishes to add flavor and nutrients.


Make celery salt. Celery salt is just a modified use of celery powder. It is often made with ground celery seed that is mixed with salt. Don’t have celery seeds? You can also make a wonderful celery salt using the leaves and other not-so-pretty celery bits. Celery salt is often asked for in recipes, but I like to use it in place of regular sauce in all sorts of recipes to add extra nutrients and flavor!

Save for chickens or compost. If you don’t want to use the celery leaves yourself, don’t throw them away! When I’m short on time (and my freezer is full, and I have an abundance of celery powder on hand already), I throw them to my hens and they seem to love them. You can also add them to your compost bin.


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References:https://thehumbledhomemaker.com/how-to-make-your-own-celery-powder/

https://thethingswellmake.com/make-celery-salt-celery-powder-celery-leaves/

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