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I've lost 36 pounds in the past 7 months... and I've eaten a ton of celery.
I don't love celery, but it's not too bad and it's cheaper than cucumbers and a nice change of pace from lettuce and carrots. :) When I need a mess-free take-along snack, I often go for celery sticks.
One day this summer, we ended up taking a long walk to a park that didn't have a drinking fountain to refill our water bottles. The HUGE bag of celery sticks I had brought quenched my thirst. Celery is 95% water, after all.
With all this celery munching, I had to come up with a quick way to cut celery sticks. Here's what's been working for me:
Wash celery without separating the stalks from the head. I run water inside and all over the celery until it looks clean.
Without separating the stalks from the head, cut off the brown tops of the celery.
Turn celery around and cut off the bottom of the head of celery. Put the tops and bottoms in your compost, garbage disposal, or trash.
This is what you should have now: A bunch of long celery sticks, some with leaves.
Cut the leaves off. I don't like leaves on my celery sticks, but they are perfect to add to soups or tuna salad sandwiches later.
Now that the leaves are trimmed, all you need to do is cut into smaller sticks for snacking.
Two cuts and you're finished! Beautiful, perfect celery sticks... and this whole process takes about 4 minutes. :)
The main "tip" to remember is: Save time by trimming celery tops and bottoms first, instead of separating stalks and trimming each stalk individually.