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Old 03-09-2007, 04:36 PM   #11
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Yup, when I went grocery shopping on Wednesday, I noticed that celery had shot out of sight. Regular celery was $3 per package. Celery hearts were $4 or $5 depending on the store. Yuck!

I like celery but, jeez oh flip, this price hike is nuts!!
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Old 03-09-2007, 08:31 PM   #12
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Here in New York, celery was $1.99 . as for eggs, I have 3 chickens, so i dont have to worry about it ;)
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Old 03-09-2007, 10:05 PM   #13
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Celery is expensive here as well as crappy. Last time I bought it it was sort of hollow in the inside all the way from the top of the stalks to the bottoms. It kind of fell apart when I bit into it and it tasting yuckypoo too!
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Old 03-09-2007, 10:08 PM   #14
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Here in New York, celery was $1.99 . as for eggs, I have 3 chickens, so i dont have to worry about it ;)
We recently had a post about poverty living and keeping a live chicken for the eggs. I sure hope you don't live in an apt Larry.

I was at the store a few days ago. I remember passing on the celery but I can't remember the reason. Maybe it was too pricey or because it was just showered with mist. Probably both. I did buy a jar of dehydrated celery a couple of months ago. It is nothing that I would recommend. It didn't add the fresh celery quality. It would look cute in soup. Got to get rid of it some how.
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Old 03-09-2007, 10:42 PM   #15
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I did buy a jar of dehydrated celery a couple of months ago. It is nothing that I would recommend. It didn't add the fresh celery quality. It would look cute in soup. Got to get rid of it some how.
Oh, say it isn't so! Dehydrated celery? How can that be?

Celery is so full of water how can one "hydrate" it?

Maybe the celery I saw in the market was rehydrated celery. That might account for the exorbitant price.
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Oh, say it isn't so! Dehydrated celery? How can that be?

Celery is so full of water how can one "hydrate" it?

Maybe the celery I saw in the market was rehydrated celery. That might account for the exorbitant price.
That is why that I commented that it would look cute in soup. It is tiny.

If celery is going to be expensive, I would rather buy it when it is fresh. I am sure some of it will rot on the shelf before they replace it.

The only citrus products that are more expensive is store brand orange juice. The major brands are the same and often on sale. They are probably overstocked on concentrates. We have to drink the good stuff now!
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Old 03-09-2007, 11:38 PM   #17
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Another thing to keep in mind is gas keeps going up. Here it is over $3.00 a gallon and going up.
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Gasoline seems to be creeping up again here too. Right now, they are having a hay day with the energy bills. The company increased their rates 50%. I almost fell through my chair when I saw a lady's bill on the news and it was over a thousand dollars. (she and her husband both work and they have young children in school.) My bill was in the hundreds. (We may have to move to the gulf coast and rebuild it!)

I was at the store tonight and checked the price of celery and it was $2.99. Then I went to the spice isle and priced sea salt and it was almost the same but more quantity. Celery contains mostly sea salt so it will be my substitute until the price comes down on celery.

I bought two packs of razor cartridges for my son. They cost about $12 per pack with four cartridges in each. He is on military deployment. It is good that they don't weigh much; maybe I will get a break on postage. LOL
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Old 03-10-2007, 09:00 AM   #19
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It is definitely up there even in the farmers' markets and ethnic markets that are usually a lot less. Remember the freeze? That is undoubtedly the reason. Celery takes a while to grow.
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I have a food dehydrator that I use for a few fruits and vegetables, and i have dehydrated celery stalks and the leaves. It is no more strange than dehydrated milk, which also has a lot of water. To re-hydrate, just add to soups. That was the only way I used it. Now I only dry the leaves, and I would not be without the dry celery leaves in the winter. Because I am without asparagus for a few years while I am replanting the bed, I have tried a few new things this past winter. I covered my fall spinach and parlsey and celery plants all winter, and now they are regrowing!! I am mindful that celery and parsley are biennals and will be trying to go to seed shortly, but it is a cheerful site to see them growing right now. My celery and parsley seeds in the greenhouse have just germinated, yea!!

Also, you know the difference between store bought tomatoes and warm from the vine tomaotes? Well, the same thing is true with celery. Home grown celery to truely delicious, and flavorful.
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