Today I'm showing you how to dehydrate celery. Make great tasting soups by dehydrating celery so you'll have it on hand whenever a bowl of soup takes your fancy!
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Please save the celery leaves. They are superb chopped up and added to soups. Also, don't discard the tiny part of the celery stalks. These chop up so fast and easily and can be added to Tuna and Chicken Salads!
Dehydrated celery is fantastic re-hydrated—it plumps up really well and you can't tell the difference from fresh! Honest!
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Celery is a good source of vitamin A, followed by Choline, vitamin C, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid. There are trace amounts of Riboflavin, vitamin B6, Betaine, Folate, and vitamin K. In the mineral department, celery is rich in Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus. There are trace amounts of Iron, Selenium, Zinc, Manganese, and Fluoride. Celery contains Omega-6 fatty acids.
Let's get busy dehydrating celery; this is so easy!
After you've learned how to dehydrate celery, you may be interested in learning how to grow celery in the United States. There are a few key areas that are ideal for cultivation.
The Northeast: The northeastern region of the United States has long been considered one of the best places to grow celery. This is due to the cooler temperatures and higher rainfall levels in this part of the country.
The Midwest: The Midwest is also a good place to grow celery. This region has a moderate climate, with neither too hot nor too cold temperatures. rainfall levels are also fairly high in the Midwest, which is ideal for celery cultivation.
The West: The western United States is generally considered to be a less ideal place to grow celery. This is because the climate is generally drier and hotter in this part of the country. However, there are still some areas in the West that have conditions that are conducive to celery growth.
Celery is a cool-weather crop, so it is best to start seeds indoors in late winter or early spring. Once the seedlings are big enough to handle, they can be transplanted outside. Celery requires moist, well-drained soil and full sun to grow well. Watering celery regularly is important, as the plants will not tolerate drought conditions. Celery is typically harvested in the fall, after the leaves have started to turn yellow.
There are several different types of celery that you can grow. Some of the most popular varieties include:
Celeriac: This type of celery is grown for its large, bulbous root. Celeriac has a milder flavor than other types of celery and is often used in soups and stews.
Celery Root: Celery root is another type of celery that is grown for its large, edible root. This variety has a strong flavor and is often used in salads or as a garnish.
Pascal Celery: Pascal celery is the type of celery that is most commonly found in supermarkets. This variety has a mild flavor and is good for eating raw or cooked.
Red Celery: Red celery is a variety that is grown for its beautiful red stalks. This type of celery has a slightly sweeter flavor than other varieties and is often used in salads.
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