Put your leftover celery leaves in use to prepare this amazing homemade celery salt! This salt is a fantastic blend used in various savory dishes and works as a flavor enhancer.
Celery salt is a spicy mixture prepared from only two ingredients celery leaves or seeds and regular salt. When I prepared this amazing salt, I found myself using this blend in savory recipes, where it adds a hint of celery. It is almost used in every cuisine and restaurant; it is also popularly used in many homes as it’s known as a flavor enhancer.
My kids don’t like fresh celery crunch and thready ribs, but they like the flavor when I blend the celery salt with their meals. Therefore, it’s an amazing way to add nutrients to your diet, and it only takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.
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Why Do I Use Celery Salt?
Even following the recipe perfectly, you will still need to add salt to cook your food. However, we all know that salt is essential; sometimes, it’s not enough.
You will need a burst of flavors where celery salt can perfectly blend with your dish. It enhances the average effect of sea salt and provides many other nutritional benefits besides enhancing the flavors.
You can use celery salt in almost any savory recipe to add an extra layer of flavors and fine seasonings. Celery’s familiar hints can complement dishes with lots of vegetables, especially onion or carrots.
Think about how onions, carrots, and celery are often used to add a base for making broth. Even you can sprinkle some on your potato salad or quinoa salad for a hint of zest and brightness.
What Does Celery Salt Taste Like?
Celery salt is prepared from a mixture of regular table salt and fresh celery seeds or leaves, where you can get the taste of both ingredients. In the end, it will feel like you are tasting regular salt.
However, at first, you will find the taste of celery in your dish, which actually boosts the flavors. Depending on which type of celery salt your prepare at home or buy, the flavors can change slightly. If you get celery from stores, some manufacturers add different salt and celery portions, resulting in higher or lower hints of celery taste.
What Are The Beneficial Sides of Celery?
Most people today associate celery with the popular green stalks cultivated in California, Florida, and Michigan. Green stalk celery, often known as Pascal celery, comes in local variations such as Tall Utah and Golden Boy. Safir and Par Cel have smaller stems and more aromatic leaves than other celery varieties.
It grows in clumps of eight to ten with long, sturdy, light green fibrous stalks. At the top, the stalks become leaves, and those leaves are edible, even though most people throw them away.
Celery is crispy and crunchy and provides a surprising variety of health benefits. Here are some health-beneficial reasons why you should include celery in your diet.
- As celery are full of antioxidants like lunularin, bergapten, vitamin C, and flavonoids, they can easily stop oxidative stress, which can lead to cancer.
- Phytochemical like phthalides is rich in celery, and they can relax the artery wall tissues to give us a healthy blood flow.
- L-3-n-butylphthalide extract from celery seed can improve our memory and perception.
- Celery is high in both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is beneficial to digestive health.
- Celery and celery seeds include about 25 anti-inflammatory chemicals that can help protect the body from inflammation.
- When you eat celery, you’ll get minerals like potassium and folate and vitamins A, K, and C.
- It has a reduced salt content and a low glycemic index, which means it affects your blood sugar slowly and steadily.
How to Prepare Celery Salt Using Celery Leaves?
I have prepared this amazing celery salt recipe using freshly dried celery leaves. Whenever you get celery from the grocery stores, save the leaves and dry them to prepare homemade celery salt. It requires only two easy ingredients celery and salt.
There are many ways to dry them, but the easiest and laziest way is to lay the leaves outside on a plate and shuffle them around once or twice a day until they feel dry and crumbly when you touch them.
Alternatively, you can also drop some leaves in a brown paper lunch bag. Give it a good big shake couple of times per day until they are dry.
If you are in a hurry or don’t want to waste your time on those methods, you can also dry those celery leaves in a food dehydrator or in an oven by setting the lowest temperature with the door slightly open.
If you are doing the oven method, keep a close eye on the oven as the celery leaves will quickly dry, and you definitely don’t want to cook or, even worse, burn them.
After processing, allow celery leaves to cool down if you choose the heat method to dry the leaves completely. After that, grind the celery leaves and mix them with salt to create your homemade celery salt. Store the finished celery salt in a glass jar or air-tight container in a cool dark place.
Is Celery Salt Better for You?
Celery salt has many advantages, and after using it for quite some time now, I have some good opinions about it to share. Here are some of the advantages of consuming celery salt:
- Celery salt is high in polysaccharides and other antioxidants and polysaccharides that have anti-inflammatory properties.
- This salt has been shown to be useful in lowering cholesterol levels.
- It contains active anti-hypertensive effects that can help lower blood pressure.
- The volatile oils and alkaloids in celery salt have been proved to be effective for ulcer prevention.
- This salt can boost the liver enzyme functionalities and support liver health.
What is A Better Substitute for Celery Salt?
If your recipe needs celery salt, but you don’t have it at that moment on hand, and it’s not a season of celery for you to prepare one, don’t worry! There are some good alternatives for you to replace celery salt with something amazing.
You can always use normal sea salt or Himalayan pink salt in your recipe, but if you want something with more flavor, onion salt will be a good choice. Moreover, dill comes from a similar family as celery which can be dried, ground, and combined with salt like celery to make a good replacement for celery salt.
What Can I Prepare with Celery Salt?
- Noodles Soup: Transfer the average noodles soup with some celery salt to get some flavor bombs and make it more luxurious, like a restaurant.
- Popcorn Seasoning: Spice up your average party or movie night popcorn with some celery salt and butter.
- Coleslaw: Create amazing delicious vegan coleslaw with a pinch of this amazing seasoning.
- Macaroni: Adding this herb salt to your macaroni will be an absolute game-changer.
- Sauce: While you are making those amazing savory sauces and dips, why not try adding a pinch of celery salt to make it more delicious.
- Curry: To make the curry more luscious and delicious, try adding this flavorful salt to boost the flavors.
- Salad Dressings: Your cold salad will get a jump when you add a pinch of flavorful salt is added to complete the flavorings.
Where Can I Buy Celery Salt?
You can easily get celery salt in any supermarket or Asian store. You can also get them in any online store like Amazon.
However, if you can’t find celery salt near you or you want to save up money, you can always prepare celery salt at home. Making your own version will be easy and healthy, and you will know what you are preparing in just 10 minutes.
You will save money by doing this simple yet efficient DIY project, and you will get the chance to have celery salt whenever you need it. Moreover, you will know that you are using fresh celery to prepare this salt.
Additional Tips and Tricks
- Store-bought ones: Celery salt is mostly prepared with ground celery seeds and salt. In this recipe, I have dehydrated and ground celery leaves instead of using seeds.
- Yield: The leaves amount per bunch might vary; sometimes, I can get almost 1 cup of loosely-packed celery leaves from one bunch. Which can yield at least half or 2 tablespoons of celery salt.
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- Categories: DIY, Gluten-Free, Vegan
- Course: Spices
- Cuisine: American
- Energy: 1 kcal / 4 kJ
- Fat: 0 g
- Protein: 0 g
- Carbs: 0 g
- Preparation: 20 min
- Cooking: 25 min
- Ready in: 45 min
- For: 12 Servings
- 1 cup packed celery leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Wash celery leaves and dry with a towel.
- Spread celery leaves on a prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until completely dehydrated and crumbly but not burned.
- Remove from the oven and cool celery leaves.
- Place celery leaves into a dry blender or spice mill and process.
- Add salt and stir.
- Store in a glass jar with a fitted lid in a dark, dry place.