How to Peel and Destring Celery

You’ll eat more celery if you can get rid of the strings.

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When it comes to a low-cal snack, celery stalks have some steep competition. They’re a great conduit for healthy dips like hummus and nut butters and offer a satisfying crunch. After all, who doesn’t love Ants on a Log?  But let’s be honest, those celery strings can sometimes ruin the experience. For some, the celery strings may be enough of a turnoff to ditch this veggie, which is a shame because celery stalks are an excellent source of vitamin K and certain antioxidants. 

So don’t skip out on eating celery stalks because you don’t like peeling celery or dealing with the celery strings. Here, food and health expert Phoebe Lapine shows her secret trick for cutting celery and removing those pesky strings. 

After cutting your celery stalk into more manageable pieces, use a simple paring knife to peel the strings off the celery—it’s that easy! The knife serves to help get beneath the strings so they are easier to remove. In fact, you can use the dull backside of the knife for safety, since you won’t actually be cutting anything. With just a few strokes, you’ll have all the major strings off the celery, leaving you with just full-flavored crunch that’s ready for dipping. (We like to think of celery as nature’s chips!)

Now that those celery strings are long gone, you can enjoy the crisp celery stalks inside a flavorful Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla. For a no-stress solution for a dinner party, serve these string-less celery stalks as an easy appetizer with hummus or your favorite dip. Bonus: Your guests will definitely appreciate your hospitality efforts when they don’t have to pick celery strings out of their teeth.