Freshly Ground Dried Celery Leaves

Our grandparents, great-grandparents, and ancestors many generations before us had a special knack for frugality. They had a “no waste” mentality that has somehow been lost in today’s modern world, which offers more conveniences than ever before in the history of the man.

I recognized this simple yet profound realization while chopping veggies for Easter dinner. I had a pile of bell pepper pits, lettuce cores, carrot tops, and celery leaves. I could compost, but I don’t garden. (Instead of growing my own food, I choose to support my local CSA and farmers.) Ironically, maybe I should get a pet bunny to feed my food scraps too?

Sorry Easter bunny, but I don’t think you’re the pet for me. I did, however, consider dehydrating those celery leaves to grind into fresh herbs.

I let them dry overnight on my cutting board since they were quite wet from washing the celery. Then I simply spread them out on a baking dish and dehydrated them in the oven at a low temperature for 15-30 minutes. They smelled like fresh herbs already!

Once they were dried out, crispy yet not burned, I let them cool before tossing them into my Vitamix dry grains container. The end result was a finely ground herb of celery leaves!

You might be wondering, what on Earth can I do with celery leaves? Here are my favorite ways to incorporate this homemade herb:

  • Toss a teaspoon into a soup for added flavor.
  • Mix into Greek yogurt or sour cream for a dip. This is perfect to dip fresh vegetables or chips. Try combining this with seasoning salt, onion powder, or granulated garlic.
  • Make a lemon, parsley, celery rub for your meat.
  • Toss ½ teaspoon into the blender for a fresh juice, including an apple, a handful of kale, a slice of ginger, a pinch of dried celery, and apple juice.

Freshly Ground Dried Celery Leaves

Freshly Ground Dried Celery Leaves

Dehydrate your celery leaves in the oven and blend in your Vitamix for a potent herb that will last all year long! 

Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • Celery leaves

Instructions

  1. After washing the celery leaves, either towel dry or allow them to dry on the counter overnight.
  2. Preheat your oven to 250F. Evenly arrange the celery leaves on a baking sheet. It’s okay if they are slightly overlapping.
  3. Bake at 250, and check after 15 minutes to see if they are crispy. If not, check every 5 minutes until done. The leaves should crumble to touch but should not begin to brown or burn. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes.
  4. Pour the dried celery leaves into your Vitamix dry grains container. Blend on high for 30 seconds, until finely ground. Store in a spice jar.

Notes

You can wash or soak your celery, or any fresh vegetable, in a large bowl of water with a few tablespoons of vinegar. The vinegar is a natural cleaner and there is no need to rinse afterwards! Roughly 1 bunch of dried celery leaves produces 2-3 tablespoons of freshly ground celery leaves.

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