Save the Celery!
We’ve all had that moment were we open the produce drawer only to be confronted by a wilted, accusatory vegetable.
“You wanted me! You drove all the way to the store, wandered the aisles for an hour, and selected me to come home with you. Then you just forgot me?!?!!”
“Look, I’m sorry, Celery. I just got busy-”
“Oh, please. You managed to cook the squash and the broccoli! You cook all the time!”
“I know, you’re right. Look, let me make it up to you.”
“I’ll write a blog post all about how to use up celery in your condition, so that no celery ever gets wasted again.”
“….And, I’ll give you a bunch of dialog, so you can yell at me all you want.”
So here we are. As I said, I bought too much celery, only to find it limp and unappealing. What to do?
If the celery is not too bad, just on the cusp of “Oh crap, I better use this up right now”, cut it up for snacks! I’m very fortunate in that I can hand almost any food item to Hubby, say “I made you a snack!” and he’ll eat it up. Much like Joey on Friends when their fridge broke. You can always count on me for current pop-culture references!
When the celery is just a little wilty, cut some of the bottom off, then place it in a glass of water. It’s still a plant, and it will suck up water like a 3rd grader’s science experiment. If any of the leaves are gross, just throw them away, and clean the celery off. You can use the same trick with green onions.
Chop it up and freeze it. You can either cut it up by itself, or with carrots and onions, as I’ve done here. The next time you’re making soup you can just throw your pre-chopped veggies in there, and pat yourself on the back for your frugalness! Go you!
The only way to save money is not to spend it. One way to do that is to eat the food you already have, rather than buying new.