I had never grown celery before so I bought some seed and gave it a try. It was so easy to grow from seed that I had to give some plants away.
Now that it’s time to harvest, I have way too much celery. I have picked some to use in soups and salads but still have about six large plants ready all at the same time. So what do you do with a large amount of celery? After going online, I see it’s not so good frozen as it tends to turn too mushy. That’s out. I looked for a recipe that I could use my celery in. Why not put up something for winter meals?
I decided to try a Pear and Celery Soup recipe from Canadian Living. The recipe link is here. It called for 5 cups of celery so that’s quite a bit.
I got all my ingredients ready. I think that the chopping is the most work. Once that was done the soup was very easy to make. I cooked the celery, onions, chives and herbs in a large pot until they were tender.
I added the stock and brought the soup to a boil and simmered it for ten minutes. I love the smell of onions in anything but was kind of worried that four onions would be a bit overpowering when it came to the finished product.
Next I added the pears to the soup and cooked them for about five minutes. Now the soup was ready to be pureed. I like my soup a bit chunky so I didn’t puree it for very long. Just long enough to make a smooth textured soup with a few chunks in it.
Here is finished pear and celery soup. I sure wished I had an immersion blender as it would have made the blending process much easier. I used a blender and had to do it in stages since the soup was hot. I poured the blended soup back into a saucepan and served it with some warn french bread. How did it taste? The pears gave this lovely sweetness to the soup and I could barely notice the onion flavour. I would give this recipe five stars. It made a large saucepan full of soup so that I was able to get three meals out of it. Two meals are in the freezer. Note: I didn’t add the cream to the soup that I froze. It can be added when I take it out and warm it up.