Do you enjoy celery salt but would prefer to just have plain celery salt without all the junky ingredients that are in many of the store-bought brands? This easy recipe for homemade celery salt is just what you need.
But why would one want to make homemade celery salt, you ask? And how do you use it?
Well, before you just move on from this post thinking, "What's so great about celery salt?"
I'm sure you'll find something you'll like.
Reasons to Make Your Own Celery Salt
1. Control over your ingredients
2. Save money (remember, Homemade Seasoning Blends always cost a TON less than buying them pre-blended)
3. You just can't get enough of "Make Your Own" stuff
4. You are craving my Special Seasoning Popcorn (you know, the totally addictive stuff) and you don't have any celery salt in the house :-).
5. Your resulting blend is super fresh.
6. You buy fewer things. No need to buy the whole spice and the blend.
Now, about #1.
What? You mean there's more in celery salt than just celery and salt? Well, yes and no.
Of course, unless you are buying specialty celery salt, then the salt in your celery salt could have any of the following in it:
Possible Ingredients in Store-Bought Celery Salt
Here are things that might find their way into store bought versions of celery salt.
- sodium silicoaluminate (ugh - aluminum??)
- dextrose (why is there sugar in salt??)
- sodium bicarbonate
Not things I really wanted in my celery salt.
So aside from all of the other reasons to have a DIY version of this spice blend (thought I do love saving money and making things myself), that's enough for me right there.
How to Use Celery Salt
1. Of course, you really have to try my Surprisingly Good Popcorn Seasoning | All Purpose Seasoning. It's loaded with celery salt. You'll love it. Guaranteed!
2. Use as a seasoning anywhere you might use salt (just not in baked goods :-)!) Think - baked potatoes, vegetables, sausage, dips, soups, etc. It's especially good for dishes like cold salads (egg, potato, pasta, etc.)
3. In some areas of the U.S. it is used as a hot dog topping. I've read it is a must on Chicago Hot Dogs. You might want to buy only the no antibiotic, no nitrate hot dogs should you try this, however.
4. As a Celery Substitute: Have a recipe that calls for celery but don't have any? Save a trip to the store and use celery salt. Just make sure to cut back on the amount of salt you add to the recipe. Substituting this way saves tons of time and money.
5. Beverages. Celery Salt is typically used in Bloody Marys (I've never had one personally, however) and it's a great seasoning to add to vegetable juices.
6. Pork - Celery salt is used to crisp up the rind when roasting.
7. Cole Slaw - I've read it's THE go to spice for Southern Cole Slaw
8. With Quail's Eggs - Celery salt is apparently the perfect pairing for Hard Boiled Quail's Eggs.
9. Salads - celery salt is particularly good on potato salads or keto potato salad
11. In Old Bay Seasoning - it's the primary ingredient in this popular seasoning, so if you're making a completely DIY version, you will need a lot of this.
Bet you had no idea there were so many ways to use celery salt. I sure had fun digging up these ideas and will be using it more as a result.
What You Will Need
- Celery Seed (or fresh or dried celery leaves)
- Salt (I recommend Real Salt or Himalayan Salt)
More Homemade Pantry Staples:
- Pumpkin Pie Spice (a must for this time of year as fall rushes in)
- Homemade Taco Seasoning
- Mild Curry Powder
- Best Cinnamon Sugar
- Powdered Egg Replacer (compare to Ener-G)
- Herbes de Provence (this is a key ingredient for one of our favorite popcorn toppings)
What Spice Grinder is Best?
There are loads of spice grinders on the market. Many people use a coffee grinder for grinding spices. It's really best to use a grinder that has a washable grinding cup.
This is the grinder that I have now. I like it, except the interior of the base gets pretty dirty and is hard to clean. It's lasted for a long time so far, so in that sense, it has served us well.
This is the grinder that I had before. It was much easier to clean, but it didn't have a really long life. Could have been an outlier, but it was disappointing, to say the least, when it died.
I would love to hear if you have a grinder that you love!
Recipe Notes and Substitutions
- Kosher Salt: You can also use kosher (coarse) salt. Just use twice as much salt and grind it together with your celery seed.
- Shelf Life: Celery Seed has a super-long shelf life - so you can go ahead and buy it in bulk. Whole spices typically have very long shelf lives, while ground ones lose their potency and freshness more quickly.
- AIP: For an AIP version (or simply another option) of this recipe, use celery leaves instead of celery seed. The proportions are up to you, but one option is about 1 tablespoon of sea salt to 6 tablespoons of celery powder.
Homemade Celery Salt--2 Ways (and how to use it)
- Put celery seed in grinder. See notes above about grinder options.
- Grind celery seed to desired consistency.
- Mix with salt.
- Store in a closed jar in a cool, dark place.
What is your favorite way to use celery salt?