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In review: Celery salt

Approximately two-fifths of those who have thus far responded to my celery salt poll have never used the stuff. I'm included in that number, but at least I now know what to use it for. The suggestions were so many and varied that I now begin to understand why the local inadequately-stocked grocery store carries it in abundance.

Celery salt is used for rimming glasses for a caesar or a bloody mary. It's used for pickling, fresh popcorn, and toasted pumpkin seeds. It's a useful condiment for chicken, turkey, casseroles, potato salad, deviled eggs, stir fry, meat marinades, chicken stock, meatloaf, and vegetable soup. It can be used to make things taste more celery-like and - strangely - at one pub, at least, it is used to rim glasses for hot cider.

I'm intrigued. I think I'll buy some - or at least some celery seeds, since, as some of you pointed out, it's just a mix of celery seeds and salt, and I already have plenty of salt in the house.

easterbunny: celery salt can be obtained in the UK. oursin lives in London and seems to be able to source it there, as does lazyknight in Bath.

Update: If you want to make your own celery salt (or celery pepper), buy whole celery seeds and grind them yourself. The powder tends to dry out quickly. They are also, as are all seeds, highly nutritious.


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Nov. 8th, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC)
I missed your poll what with my computer issues, but Team Newman keeps celery salt handy for the sole purpose of caesars. Occasionally, I might season a stir-fry with it, especially if I've already had a caesar.

Some take my fondness for caesar's as a sign that I've 'gone native' here in Canada, but seriously, Clamato and vodka, what's not to like?
Nov. 8th, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC)
Having only the fuzziest idea of what a caesar is (Clamato and vodka, you say?), I had no idea it was a particularly Canadian drink.
Nov. 8th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
As Canadian as butter tarts and random apologies.
Nov. 8th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
1 oz Vodka
Celery Salt
1 dash Worcestershire Sauce
1 dash Tabasco Sauce
Clamato Juice

The "1 oz" part I take with a grain of (celery salt). Remember to rim the glasses first. I know that you are of an abstemious temperament with regard to spirits, but you may sometime want to offer a local flavor to foreign guests.
Nov. 9th, 2004 05:51 am (UTC)
I drink, I just don't drink much. I get my reputation for not drinking because I don't like beer or red wine. Mostly the beer. But there's nothing in a caesar I dislike and hey, it's a cultural experience as I now know!
Nov. 8th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
You know... I really do feel smarter for reading your journal. I never would have known that was cekery salt.
Nov. 8th, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
celery.... damn typos.
Nov. 9th, 2004 05:51 am (UTC)
I'm happy to help! I feel as if I spend most of my journal posts asking questions, but that just means I'm not the only one who'll learn from the answers. Two days ago, I had no idea what celery salt was either.
Nov. 8th, 2004 02:00 pm (UTC)
well it goes into a bloody mary. that drink has a lot of wierd stuff in it, tomato juice, vodka, horseradish, pepper, salt, celery salt, and worchester sauce. bleech!
Nov. 8th, 2004 02:28 pm (UTC)
though reading it now that's probably what it meant but in my work weary mind i thought it said for rimming bloody mary glasses. *sigh* too tired, but must study!
Nov. 8th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC)
The comments I received did not make it clear how it was used in conjunction with a blood mary, so thank you for clarifying!
Nov. 8th, 2004 04:20 pm (UTC)
oh right and tabasco
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Nov. 8th, 2004 04:21 pm (UTC)
I've seen it in Sainsburies, Safeways and Morrisons... To be honest, my little jar of it is probably past its best, being somewhere around 5 years old...
Nov. 8th, 2004 04:02 pm (UTC)
btw, if yo still need coriander, tell me, and I will bring a bag of it with me next time I get a chance--the store next to me sells it in bulk.
Nov. 9th, 2004 05:53 am (UTC)
Thanks again for the offer. I'll keep you posted, but suspect we won't need that much of it. If C. really wants to cook with it sometime soon, the Valumart under the Manulife centre has a good spice selection.
Nov. 9th, 2004 02:12 am (UTC)
I hadn't heard of the pumpkin seeds toasting use, but I do have a very nice bread recipe for pumpkin seed and sultana loaf which uses celery salt.
Nov. 9th, 2004 05:58 am (UTC)
That does indeed sound like a good bread recipe, based on the ingredient highlights.
Apr. 5th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Celery salt
Celery salt is absolutely excellent on turkey sandwiches. I pile my sausage stuffing on top of my fresh cooked turkey and sprinkle celery salt and once you try it, you'll never eat a turkey sandwich without it.
Sep. 1st, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
Celery salt is used on Chicago-style hot dogs:

Hot dog on a poppyseed bun, topped with mustard, raw onions, relish, a pickle spear, a hot pepper, tomatoes (slices cut into quarters or so), and celery salt. Delicious!
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