How Long Does Celery Last? [3 Ways to Store + Shelf Life]

Feeling cold and want to make some soup of Celery….. Open the vegetable basket– They are all gone bad! Oops!

Celery lovers, I know you have to face such situations most of the time. No need to depress at all. We’re here to assist you on how to make your celery leaves last longer.

You can store celery for a long time by different methods.

How long does celery last? This question often teases us. Here is the answer!

Celery can last 3 to 4 weeks in the refrigerator if stored properly. For the best result, just cut off the base and separate the leaves. Wrap it in damp paper and place in aluminum foil tightly or in a container. Then keep in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. You can also store it in copped form or in a raw state. In chopped form, celery can last only 1or 2 weeks and cooked celery can last 2 to 3 weeks.

There are so many methods to keep celery fresh for several weeks. To know more about it, let’s dive into this article!

How Long Celery Last In Fridge

Celery should be kept in the refrigerator but not open. As you cut them, the stalks will lose moisture very fast. So, keep them fresh for a long time. You can use a container or a plastic bag to seal them tightly and keep it in the refrigerator. This keeps them crisp and hydrated. This may make them fresh for 2 to 4 weeks.

Here is a table to show the expiry date of celery in different states.

Table of celery with the time remaining fresh:

Celery in the Different StatesRemain Fresh in the Fridge(Duration)
Fresh Celery3-4 weeks
Cooked Celery2-3 weeks
Celery Packages1 week
Cut Celery1-2 weeks

How Long Does Celery Last Unrefrigerated?

Celery is a very cunning vegetable because unlike other vegetables, it never gives you clear signs of being rotten. However, there are some tips to keep it fresh. Without refrigeration, it may last only 2 weeks if you keep it dry outside.

Wrap celery in aluminum foil but do not seal the packet completely. Leave a little opening for the escape of wetness. If you did not do so, it may rot immediately. Celery may dry out some, so restore in water.

But the best way to keep them fresh for a long time is to store celery in a refrigerator. Cool temps can help celery extend their life by days.

How Long Does Celery Last in Winter

Do you know which is the best season to grow celery? It is well grown in moderate weather, not very hot, not cold. It does not like frost and extreme heat conditions. In cold regions, you can sow celery last winter to the start of spring.

Celery is a plant that is capable of growing every 2 years. If you are growing it in a moist garden during winter, stalk celery can be controlled as a cut and again growing crop. It may take a time period of 2 to 3 weeks to be fresh after cut out.

Just harvest a few stalks of celery and you get a large number of eatable seeds. Cutting celery is a kind of celery that can survive in winter and produce a large crop of seeds that will reseed itself again.

This crop needs a lot of water, protection from the sun, and temperature. It is a winter crop in the South.

How Long Does Raw Celery Last

Have you ever used raw celery? If yes, you must face the problem to make it fresh. Usually, celery lasts well 1 to 2 weeks in a fridge.

How do you keep raw celery fresh for a long time? There are several tips to keep it good in different conditions. If you want your raw celery to stay fresh for more than 2 weeks, you must refrigerate it right after purchasing. For this purpose use a covered container or an aluminum foil to wrap it.

If the celery is properly stored, it can last well for about 4 weeks. Raw celery in chopped form cannot remain fresh for more than 2 weeks.

How Long Does Cut Celery Last

Do you know what the average time period of cut celery expiration? No….Don’t worry! Let me explain!

The cut celery shelf life will last for 1 to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. There are four main steps to store them properly. Read them carefully:

Step One: Cut celery into pieces as you want. For example, into sticks or coins etc.

Step Two: Put the celery sticks into a storage jar that will keep them straight.

Step Three: Add some filtered water to fill the jar and cover it tightly with the lid.

Step Four: Store the jars for a week in the refrigerator. Add fresh water after a few days to keep celery fresh.

how long does cut celery last

3 ways to store celery

To keep celery fresh for a long time it is important to store them properly. You should follow all steps used for this. If you do not store celery in the correct way, it will soon rot and be unable to eat.

Basically, there are three ways to increase the celery shelf life. Just follow them and get fresh celery for your lunch.

1.  Store in water

Things you need to store it in water are:

After collecting all things, take celery and remove its stalks from the base.  Now cut it with the knife on the cutting board. Cut the pieces in medium size and put them in the container. Add fresh water to it and seal the container.

Change water every day as it will keep celery fresh. If you want some celery, just remove the lid of the jar, take a piece and seal it again.

Alternative Method

There is an alternative method of storing water. Take a glass of water, stand all celery in it. Place the glass in the refrigerator. A large size glass is suitable for this or a pitcher.

Note: Do not keep celery in the coldest area as it can freeze easily.

2.  By Wrapping Celery

Many of us have aluminum foil in our kitchen for different purposes. It can also use to store vegetables. To keep celery fresh, take some aluminum foil and wrap celery in it carefully. Either cut or uncut, wrap it tightly. Before wrapping, place it on the damp paper towel. Now keep it in the refrigerator. The foil will help to get out the ethylene. The release of such hormones will keep celery fresh.

You can use this foil several times. Plastic bags are not suitable enough as they do not release the hormones and celery will soon rot. So wrap celery in the crisper drawer in the fridge.

If you don’t have aluminum foil, use other wraps to make celery crispy. Cut off the end of the celery bunch to make them separated. You may cut them in half if you want. Moisture is important to store celery. So, damp the paper towel and wrap celery in it. Put it in a zip plastic bag and place it in the refrigerator.

You can also save the other cuttings like a top, bottom and leaves by freezing and later use them in stocks.

You can use a celery base for growing it again. So, don’t throw them in the garbage.

3.  By Freezing It

Before freezing the celery, you should dip it in boiling water for 2 to 3 min. After that drain off the extra water. Now it is read to keep in the freezer.

Frozen celery is best in cooked foods. Usually, freezing is not exactly kept celery fresh but helps it to prevalent from spoil or wilting. Here are some important tips to keep celery fresh by freezing it:

  • Wash celery properly to remove dirt from it and cut off its base.
  • Remove the leaves and cut celery into pieces. The pieces will be 1 to 1.5 inches long.
  • Spread the cut pieces onto a cookie sheet and put it in the freezer. When the celery is frozen, remove its all pieces.
  • Put all these pieces into a freezer bag and put back the bag into the freezer.

Frozen celery can be last more than one year without rotting or smelling bad.

How to Store Celery for Longer Shelf Life?

Do you want to increase the shelf life of the celery? It depends upon the ways that you adopt while storing celery. You must store it properly. If you do not do so, it will leave a smell and start to rot soon.

If you follow the directions given below, you can get fresh and eatable celery in your refrigerator for the long term.

  • At first, you need a paper towel to wrap celery and cover it tightly with aluminum foil. Wrapping them properly, you should keep it in the vegetable bin of the refrigerator.
  • Another option to store celery for long is using an airtight container. This is helpful to keep moisture and other defilement away from celery.
  • Never use a plastic sheet because it is not capable to release hormones that are dangerous for celery. They will soon make them limp.
  • You should also use some fresh water to keep the celery store in the fridge but it is not long-lasting.

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Advantages of Celery

Are you aware of the magical effects of celery on your health? Although it carries only 10 calories that’s why it is called a diet food. But actually, it has a number of benefits that will surprise you. Let’s have a look at them:

  • Celery contains vitamin c, and at least 12 kinds of antioxidants that will be helpful to protect cells, blood vessels, and other organs from damage.
  • There is a maximum of 25 anti-inflammatory compounds in celery seeds that can protect our body from inflammation.
  • Celery can support our digestive system. There are 5 grams of dietary fiber in a cup of celery sticks.
  • Celery has rich vitamins and minerals in it. But it has a low glycemic index that has a slow effect on blood sugar.
  • As celery is full of iron, magnesium, and sodium, it has nutritional effects on acidic food.

So, make a celery part of your daily food. In this way, you can make yourself healthy and fit.

Quick Method to Make Celery Salad


  1. Fresh celery
  2. Glass bowl
  3. Salt
  4. Pepper
  5. Onion
  6. Olive Oil


  • Chop celery and put in a glass bowl
  • Mix up onion, salt, pepper, and olive oil
  • Pour this mixture on the chopped celery and mix it.

A delicious healthy salad is ready for you. Enjoy it!

Final Words

At the end of this informative article about Celery, we can say that if we want fresh celery in our fridge, we have to store it in a proper way.

By following the above-mentioned tips, you will add celery to your lunch whenever you have a wish for it.

You need not go outside every time to get celery for Salad and food.

However, any mistake or moisture will make it bad to eat. So, be careful and if you find the smell, immediately waste the celery.

Hopefully, this article will be helpful to you. If it is, share it with your friends who are celery lovers.

Lisa Marshall

Hi, This is Lisa Marshall. Lisa has been working with farmers for over thirteen years. It is his passion, hobby and profession. To facilitate other gardeners from her experience, she has decided to start this website to share her gardening experience with her plant lovers.

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