Pickled Celery

By Charlotte King

Pickled celery pairs well with any meal because of its signature crunchy and acidic flavor. You have probably enjoyed pickled celery at a restaurant or bar, served as a side to your burger. Pickling is a perfect way to preserve and flavor your celery, and we will show you just how easy it is!

Pickling is a simple and delicious way to preserve your celery. Start with some fresh celery, then wash and prepare the celery stalks. Cut the celery into small discs or stalks. Next, prepare a brine of your choice on the stove. Add your celery, brine, and spices to a mason jar and let the pickled celery sit for at least 48 hours before serving!

Pickled celery pairs well with any meal because of its signature crunchy and acidic flavor. You have probably enjoyed pickled celery at a restaurant or bar, served as a side to your burger. Pickling is a perfect way to preserve and flavor your celery, and we will show you just how easy it is!
celery sticks

Preparing to Pickle Celery

chopped celery on cutting board

How to Pick Fresh Celery

Here are a few simple tips that will help you look for fresh celery.

Tip #1: Look for tightly-packed celery stalks.

Tip #2: Fresh celery will have crisp stalks and vibrant green color. Avoid celery with stalks that feel rubbery.

Tip #3: The stalks should have a firm texture and a medium thickness. 

Tip #4: Celery leaves can indicate how fresh celery is. If the leaves are limp, the celery is not fresh.

Supplies You Need

Celery

You can pickle as much or as little celery as you require. You will need about ½ a bunch of celery to make a pint-sized jar of pickled celery. One bunch of celery weighs about 1 pound, so you can expect two pint-sized jars per pound of celery. The recipe we use will yield 2 pints of pickled celery.

To prepare the celery for pickling:

  1. Start by separating the stalks from the bunch. The base of the stalks might have dirt on it, so rub the stalks under running water to clean them.
  2. Trim the base and woody tops from all your stalks and pat them dry using paper towels.
  3. Using a chef’s knife, cut your stalks into ½ inch or 1-inch sections, depending on your preference. You can also cut the stalks into sticks as long as your jar for pickling.

Brine

You need a brine to pickle celery. We will prepare a simple brine using vinegar, water, salt, and sugar. Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring it to a boil on the stovetop. Once it has come up to a boil, you are ready to use the brine for pickling.

Pickling Jar

You can use wide-mouth pint-sized or quart-sized jars to store the pickled celery. Make sure you use jars that can withstand the hot brine and refrigeration temperature. A glass jar works great for pickling because you can quickly notice any signs of spoilage. 

How to Pickle Celery

celery stalks on colander

Ingredients

  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves smashed
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 1 bunch (or 1 pound) of celery stalks, washed and cut

Instructions

  1. Add your cut celery, garlic, mustard seeds, and peppercorn to a large bowl. Do not worry if the spices settle at the bottom. They will rise once you add the brine.
  2. Prepare the brine by adding water, vinegar, sugar, and salt to a saucepan and heating it on the stove. Do not overboil the brine because the vinegar will lose its pickling properties.
  3. Once the sugar has dissolved, and the brine has come to a boil, turn off the stove. Then, pour the hot brine over the celery.
  4. Let the mixture cool to room temperature completely before transferring it to the jars.
  5. Store the jars in the refrigerator for at least two days before using them. The more time the celery is in the brine, the more flavorful it will be.

How to Store Pickled Celery

pickled celery in glass jar

Since this is a quick pickled recipe for celery, no canning is involved. So for proper storage, you must store the celery in the refrigerator.

Allow the celery to marinate in the brine for at least two days before you use it. If you continue to store it in the refrigerator, your pickled celery will last you for up to 2 weeks!

How to Use Pickled Celery

salad with eggs and green vegetables

You can use pickled celery in many ways. Stir it into different salads for a sweet and tangy crunch; add it to your favorite pasta, sandwiches, and casseroles; or use it to garnish your breakfast eggs! With pickled celery, you will have a variety of new dishes to enhance with flavor and texture.

Frequently Asked Questions

bunch of fresh celery

Which Vinegar is Best for Pickling Vegetables?

It is best to use distilled white vinegar to pickle vegetables. This vinegar has a mellow aroma with a tart flavor that does not affect the color of the vegetables.

How Long Does Pickled Celery Last?

Pickled celery will last in your fridge for up to 2 weeks. You should check your pickled celery periodically to ensure no spoilage forms. If you notice mold or any signs of spoilage, discard the jar.

Conclusion

Pickled celery is a great way to add flavor, variety, and a crunch to your usual diet. Give this pickled recipe a try, and we are sure you will be coming back to it again and again!

celery sticks

Pickled Celery

Pickled celery pairs well with any meal because of its signature crunchy and acidic flavor. You have probably enjoyed pickled celery at a restaurant or bar, served as a side to your burger. Pickling is a perfect way to preserve and flavor your celery, and we will show you just how easy it is!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Preparation
Servings 2 pints
Calories 155 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves smashed
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tbsp peppercorn
  • 1 lb celery stalks

Instructions
 

  • Wash and cut your celery stalks into discs or sticks and add them to a large bowl.
  • Prepare the brine by combining the vinegar, water, sugar, and salt in a saucepan and letting it come to a boil on the stove.
  • Add the hot brine over the celery and let the celery marinate until the brine has cooled to room temperature.
  • Once cool, transfer the celery to pint-sized jars and close their lids before moving it to storage in the refrigerator.
  • Let the celery marinate for at least two days before you use it.

Nutrition

Sodium: 3681mgCalcium: 152mgVitamin C: 9mgVitamin A: 1048IUSugar: 17gFiber: 6gPotassium: 724mgCalories: 155kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 3gProtein: 4gCarbohydrates: 26gIron: 2mg
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