How to Make Celery Powder in Your Dehydrator

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Last Updated on July 28, 2020 by Ellen Christian

Wondering how to make celery powder? Have you ever picked up a jar of your favorite spice, herb or seasoning and looked at the ingredients? I have really been trying to be aware of what’s actually in the foods I eat.  

How to Make Celery Powder in Your Dehydrator

How to Make Celery Powder

Some of the celery powders I have seen in the store contain fillers and, even worse, they have MSG. I try really hard not to bring anything into the house with MSG.  The first thing I needed to understand when looking for spices is that celery SALT is not the same as celery POWDER.  

What is celery powder made from?

Real celery powder should be made from only celery. If you see a bunch of other ingredients on the label, look for a different brand. Or, make your own. Scroll to the end for the recipe.

cutting celery on a cutting board

What is celery salt?

Celery salt is basically salt with a little bit of celery powder added into it.  This holds true for garlic salt and onion salt as well. Now that I know that, I never buy the flavored salt.  You get much more for your money if you buy the powder version. I’m sure you have a canister of salt already in your cupboard if you need it.

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These directions will show you how to make celery powder.  If you want salt, just add a bit of powder to whichever type of salt you normally use in your house.  You don’t need to use anywhere near as much of it as you do celery salt because the flavor is so concentrated.  

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I made my celery powder using a food dehydrator.  You can dehydrate celery in your oven as well but you will have to play around with the time and temperature to get the right numbers that work for you. The process is very simple.

dried celery on a dehydrator tray

Wash and dry the celery and slice it as thinly as possible.  The thinner you slice it, the less time it will take to dry. I’m sure I could have sliced mine thinner but patience is not a virtue of mine. Either way, the celery powder came out great and was very easy to do even for a beginner.

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What type of dehydrator should I use?

Spread it out in a thin layer on your food dehydrator. I have an old Mr. Food Food Dehydrator.   It took me about 8 hours to dehydrate two bunches of celery on six trays. It might take less time if your dehydrator is new or more powerful.  You do need to make sure that the grates are small enough to keep the pieces from falling through.

Check the level of dryness during the dehydrating process and move the trays around so everything dries as evenly as possible. It needs to be completely dry to turn it into celery powder.

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Grind the dried celery pieces in a mortar and pestle. If you don’t have one or you want a faster process, you can put it in the blender on a high setting and process until it’s a fine powder.

Celery powder uses

If you’re wondering what to do with it now that you have some, it works well in all sorts of marinades and meat rubs. Or, you can try it in this corned venison recipe.

Have you ever tried to make celery powder? You may want to try making your own onion powder next. Now that you know how to make celery powder, learn how to dehydrate onions. Find out how to dry blueberries. Or, learn how to regrow celery.

How to Make Celery Powder in Your Dehydrator

Yield: 1 jar

How to Make Celery Powder

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Wondering how to make your own celery powder? Check out my simple tutorial.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches of Dandy celery
  • food dehydrator
  • glass jar with lid

Instructions

  1. Trim the leaves and ends off the celery.
  2. Wash and dry well.
  3. Slice the celery as thinly as possible.
  4. Spread the sliced celery on the food dehydrator trays.
  5. Dehydrate for about 8 hours. This will depend on how thick your celery slices are and how powerful your dehydrator is. Mine has no temperature settings just an on and off switch.
  6. Remove the dehydrated celery from the racks. Using a mortar and pestle, grind the dehydrated celery into a powder. If it does not grind to a powder, it is not dry enough. You can use a blender if you need to.
  7. Store it in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
  8. Two bunches of celery fit on 6 dehydrator trays for me.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1 tsp

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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92 thoughts on “How to Make Celery Powder in Your Dehydrator”

  1. I have a dehydrator, and this is a great idea! I don't tend to buy celery powder, but I love the flavor. For instance, I'm going to make a vegetarian split pea soup and intend to add celery. But a little celery powder would give it a bump up on flavor. I could see it in dips, too.  I've been waiting for organic celery to go on sale, I need to just buy it and get busy!
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  2. Not only does that sound healthy, but it looks beautiful! I'll have to try this out to add to some foods for an extra boost.
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  3. Wow, thats a genius idea.  I would have just continued to buy it at the store.  I could totally do this at my house as well as try it with onions as well.
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  4. Ellen, this is fantastic. My husband would love this; he's been wanting to make some of our own seasonings and spices.
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  5. So neat! I love that amazing mortar and pestle- the design is so fun!! I love being able to make my own spices- if I ever get a dehydrator I will definitely try this one out! :)
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    • I usually add it to vegetable soups especially tomato.  I sprinkle a bit on rice when I'm cooking it.  I also like to add it to poultry when I'm baking it. I'm sure there are other uses but that's generally what I use it for.
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  6. That is very cool that you made your own celery powder. I had no idea that it would be that easy. But what I REALLY love is that gorgeous mortar and pestal!
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  7. The better question is, have I ever eaten celery powder. The answer? Probably but we don't have it in our spice rack.
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  8. Thanks for posting these directions for celery powder.  The pictures make it so easy to follow.  You could do all sorts of great stuff with that dehydrator. 
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  9. I had the same question as Naomi.  I know I had heard of celery salt before, but never used it.  And I definitely didn't know about celery powder!  
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  10. Way to go Ellen! This is fantastic! One of the kitchen gadgets I don't have .. a food dehydrator. I bet it's you can taste the difference in the home made product. 
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  11. I am so excited about this! I have a dehydrator that hardly ever gets used. You have me thinking of a lot of different ways to use it now.
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  12. I've never heard of celery powder but now I want to try it in my next soup. I will have to borrow my parents' dehydrator for this recipe!
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  13. I never thought about making my own spices, but this seems really easy. I bet you could make all sorts of spices with this method.
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  14. So glad I read this! I'm going to make onion powder. I use it all the time and am about out. I'll try it tomorrow or Friday. Should make the house smell great. lol Thanks so much.
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  15. I knew the celery Salt wasn't a good choice when you want to add Celery to a recipe because it was mostly salt. But never thought to make my own powder. This is awesome. I even have a great dehydrator I've been meaning to use to make my own herb and spice blends. 
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  16. This is so cool I don't think I have ever seen this in the store at all and I am always on the spice isles. I can put this in my soups and add a little extra to my food. Very neat idea to make it yourself it looks so easy.
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  17. That's interesting! We had a dehydrator when I was growing up but we always made beef jerky in it. I knew there would be other uses but never thought of making spices!
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    • Definitely, Stefany!  You need to chop it very finely and you'd probably want to put it on a screen to prevent it from falling through the holes in your tray.
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  18. Honestly I had no idea that this was something I could do at home.  I much prefer to make things myself at home, so thank for this :)
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  19. wow that is great, I didn't know you could make this! I am all about making products on your own. Pinned this - thank you!
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  20. I never thought of using the dehydrator for that. I might just have to pull out mine to try. I could also dehydrate rosemary faster. I have a rosemary plant in the yard and just use it fresh but drying it would be good too.
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