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Dried Soup Starter

Last February or March I bought a FLAT of celery, that's 72 celery plants. I'm not really sure why, but I did it. I worked my tail off to keep them alive so I could get them in the ground come May, some 3-4 months later. I had so much a friend asked if we were planning an Amish wedding, WHAT? I'd never heard of celery at an Amish wedding. She informed me it was a prominent part of Amish weddings. I looked it up, it's true, they use it for decorations and eating. Hunh learn something new every day.

Well, in fact, we are not planning an Amish wedding I simply bought an entire flat of celery. Well that celery has come home to roost. We've eaten celery six ways to Sunday. I've made broth with it. I've frozen broth and I still have celery left. It was literally planted every where! It's pretty dang tough too, it survived a few good deep killing frosts. I finally decided to start dehydrating it so it would go away and I would stop feeling guilty for letting sit out there in the cold.

I simply washed and dried the celery and carrots. I roughly cut the celery into 1-2 inch chunks and laid them in the dehydrator, I filled half of the dehydrator with celery. I then ran the carrots through the food processor fitted with the chopping blade. When they were chopped pretty finely I spread them out on the other half of the dehydrator. Then I simply turned on the dehydrator and walked away.

I checked every few hours after the initial 12 hours to see if they were dry. When they were crispy I turned off the dehydrator and let them cool completely. Then it was back to the food processor they went. I pulsed them a few good times and then let it run for about 30 seconds. That's it. I poured them into a jar and popped them in the pantry. Instant flavor anytime every time even when I don't have time.

before grinding

after grinding

Peace and Love--



  1. Amazing!! Have you checked on the price of (commercial) dried celery flakes? Outrageously expensive. I think I paid something like $2 for a 1½ ounce container (I like to keep it in the pantry for winter). You have a gold mine in that food processor, lol.

  2. What a great idea to use up some of that celery! We have a lot of Amish around here and I've never heard of them using that at weddings either...you're not the only one!


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