Although it might not be the first vegetable that comes to mind for canning, many people do can celery, for various purposes. It is important to ensure you take the right approach to canning celery, in order to ensure the freshest taste when you do consume it, and to extend the lifespan for consumption as far into the future as possible, if you do not plan on consuming it immediately after canning. So, depending on how you plan on canning celery, these are a few variables to keep in mind, to ensure the process is done properly, and to ensure the freshest taste when you do eat it.\n\n\n\nCanning Celery on its Own\n\n\n\nThe first method we'll cover is for canning\ncelery on its own, as the primary dish, rather than as an ingredient in a main\ndish. This process is fairly similar to that of canning other vegetables or\nfoods you've canned in the past. The best approach here is to \n\n\n\nFreezeDehydrate\/roast\n\n\n\nThere are no set guidelines in place for\ncanning celery on its own. Therefore, the duration at which it can be kept, and\nsafely consumed, isn't entirely known. However, if you freeze it, you'd simply\ncut the celery into smaller cubes and place it in a ziploc bag or airtight\ncontainer. With dehydrating, you can use a dehydrator or oven, set to about 150\ndegrees F, to allow the celery to roast. Once dried, you can store it in a\ncanning jar. \n\n\n\nAgain, since there are no set guidelines in place regarding the amount of time that you can safely keep canned celery and consume it, an alternative approach (listed below), might be the best way to go about the canning process.\n\n\n\nPressure Canning Celery as an Ingredient \n\n\n\nSoups, pastas, sauces; these are a few of\nthe many dishes where you might use celery as an ingredient. If you choose to\ncan these dishes, how do you do so safely and how long can you preserve them?\nOnce your dish is prepared, you'd want to place it in a canning jar and seal\nit. Similarly to other foods you prepare for canning, the jar should be\nsanitized as should the lid, to ensure they're safe for preserving foods. \n\n\n\nWith most sauces, broths, and soups, you\ncan safely freeze and preserve these dishes for six months to one year safely.\nThe ingredients that are in the dish might increase\/decrease that time, so make\nsure you consider all added ingredients, to determine how long to store these\nfoods. With the canning process, you're going to want to place the dish you've\nprepared into the jar when it is still warm. This will help with the sealing\nprocess, and help the jar pop when you do place the lid over it to seal. \n\n\n\nOnce opened, you should place the dish in the refrigerator, and consume it within one week (again, this might be shorter or longer depending on the other ingredients that are in the frozen soup or pasta dish you made). \n\n\n\nPressure Canning Celery as an Ingredient \n\n\n\nWhen canning celery as a powder, you'll\nbegin with preparing the celery so you can mash it down into a powder. You'll\nwant to wash the celery stalks and let them dry completely. This is a vegetable\nwhich takes quite some time to dry, so don't speed up the process (let it sit\nfor at least 1-hour after you wash it). Once washed, cut the celery down into\nshorter stalks or cubes, around 1 to 2 inches in size.\n\n\n\nOnce cut, you'll want to place the celery\nin a dehydrator or the oven to prepare it. Place the cubes onto a wire rack\nevenly, and set the dehydrator or oven to about 125 degrees F. Let the celery\nremain in the oven for a minimum of 10 hours, up to 12 hours if possible. When\ndry, the celery should snap apart into tiny pieces, so you won't have to cut it\ndown to size much before grinding it. You should allow the celery to cool down\nbefore grinding it down to a powder. Let it sit until it's at room temperature.\nAt this point, you'll use a grinder, masher, or allow the celery chips to run\nthrough a food processor, so you can grind it down into a fine (or coarse)\npowder. \n\n\n\nHow long will the celery powder last when canned? It's quite similar to any powder or seasoning. This has a very long shelf life, and is going to remain fresh for up to 2 years if it is in the proper temperature. Make sure you keep it in a cool, dry place (your spice rack ideally), as this will help extend the lifespan of your celery. \n\n\n\nCanning Celery in the Form of Preserves or Jam\/Jelly\n\n\n\nCelery is an ingredient used in chutney,\nspreads, and different jam recipes. Although it typically isn't made into a jam\nor spread on its own, it is possible, and would be made similarly to other jams\nor spreads you've made in the past. Because it's often used as an ingredient in\npreserves or spreads which are highly acidic, the shelf life of these foods is\nusually quite long. \n\n\n\nWhen canning, make sure you leave proper\nheadspace of about 1 to 1.5 inches from the lid to the celery spread or jam.\nYou'll also want to make sure that the can seals or pops, before you do put it\naway for storage. If you place it in the refrigerator, depending on the other\ningredients in your spread, you can safely preserve it for up to 6 months with\nmost spreads. If it is placed in a cabinet, to be used at a later time, this\ncan possibly extend out 8 to 10 months. Additionally, if you include other\npreservatives or ingredients with the celery, the time you can safely can it\nand store it might increase or decrease accordingly. \n\n\n\nRegardless of the method chosen, make sure\nyou safely can your celery in clean, sterilized jars. Also make sure you afford\nsufficient headspace to ensure the cans properly seal\/pop, to ensure freshness\nand maintain the longest shelf-stable life possible.