Celery can wilt within a matter of days, after purchasing fresh celery at the store. It is best to keep it in a slightly opened bag to give it room to breathe. Use your vegetable crisper drawer if you have one. Properly stored, celery should last up to a week and a half in the fridge. Stalks that have started to go limp can be revived by cutting them off, and standing them cut-end-down in a cup of water in the fridge.
- Separate the individual stalks from the bunch by gently prying them out from the bottom until they snap off.
- Wash the individual stalks under cold running water to remove any dirt and debris. Then trim off the large white section off of the bottom of each stalk.
- For slices to use in salads or soups, cut into 1/8th to 1/4-inch half-moons crosswise.