How to Make Celery Powder in Your Dehydrator

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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.  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 celery powder is that celery SALT is not the same as celery POWDER.  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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How to Make Celery Powder

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

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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.

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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.

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Check the level of dryness during the dehydrating process and move the trays around so everything dries as evenly as possible.

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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.

Yields 1 jar

How to Make Celery Powder

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

5 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 5 Total Time

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


  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.


Have you ever tried to make celery powder? You may want to try making your own onion powder next.

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  1. What do you use celery powder in?
  2. tara pittman says
    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.
  3. Mama to 5 BLessings says
    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!
  4. Mary Beth Elderton says
    Perfect.  I have a brand new dehydrator and am looking for ways to use it.    I'd love to learn more.
  5. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
    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 :)
  6. no. way. it never occurred to me you could MAKE this. my friend just got a dehydrator for christmas!
  7. SO COOL Id never thought of yanking out my dehydrator for this!!!
  8. Well how about that?!? I had no idea I could make my own. Can you do this with garlic too???
    • Ellen Christian says
      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.
  9. 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!
  10. Now I need to buy a dehydrator! That is awesome! 
  11. 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.
  12. this look sway more attractive than the powder I have bought in the store! I much rather a natural choice!
  13. That looks so easy! My husband goes through all our spices sooo quickly, I'd love to make this!
  14. I didn't realize that this was so easy to make. I have to put my dehydrator to use now!
  15. Amber Edwards says
    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. 
  16. This looks so easy to make yourself! I definitely prefer homemade things when I can.
  17. This is actually a great idea. My husband hates veggies, but I could use this for the flavor still.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. My hubs has been wanting a dehydrator and this makes me kinda want one now, too! So super awesome.
  22. Amy Lynn Desrosiers says
    I have never made my own celery powder, but I do plan on trying it now!
  23. 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.
  24. Candy @ Candypolooza says
    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. 
  25. this is so smart. thank you for the post
  26. What an easy way to make celery powder! I don't have a food dehydrator but I want one!
  27. I love celery but have never tried cooking with celery powder, I'll have to give this a try! Thanks!
  28. 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!  
    • Ellen Christian says
      I like celery powder because it has no salt in it which is good for my husband's high blood pressure.
  29. I am sitting here - wondering why I have not thoughta bout doing this with our dehydrator! What a GREAT idea. Thank you!
  30. I have never considered making my own celery powder. What a great idea!
  31. 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. 
  32. This is such a great tip! I will have to bust out my dehydrator to make some now!
  33. Jennifer Bullock {} says
    The better question is, have I ever eaten celery powder. The answer? Probably but we don't have it in our spice rack.
  34. Tonya {The Traveling Praters} says
    That couldn't be any easier! What a great tip. I need to invest in a dehydrator. 
  35. 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!
  36. Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) says
    Never thought of making my own! Super cool!
  37. I buy the powdered versions of the spices I use. I am now thinking of making my own like you have done. I love it!
  38. Thats much easier than I thought it would be. What do you recommend sprinkling this on? 
    • Ellen Christian says
      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.
  39. Tania @ Run To Radiance says
    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! :)
  40. Oh wow, I never knew that's how you make celery powder...wish I has a dehydrator!
  41. Mel {MamaBuzz} says
    Ellen, this is fantastic. My husband would love this; he's been wanting to make some of our own seasonings and spices.
  42. Stacie Connerty says
    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.
  43. 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.
  44. Virginia @thatbaldchick says
    I want a food dehydrator, just so I ca ndo things like this! The labels on some spices really give me pause!
  45. Jessica @FoundtheMarbles says
    I've never tried to make celery powder, but it sure looks doable. And I love your mortar and pestle, too!
  46. 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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