How to Prepare Celery Seed

Overview

Celery seeds are most often used as a spice in foods such as chili, breads and soups. They can also be used to make a tea that is loaded with antioxidants and flavor. Celery seeds can be harvested from the home garden if the climate has mild weather year round, as the flower heads appear during the second year of growth. Pre-packaged seeds are available at most grocery stores in the spice aisle or can be purchased in bulk at health food stores and online.

Making Tea

Step 1

Measure 1 tsp. celery seeds into a coffee or teacup.

Step 2

Pour one cup boiling water over the seeds and allow the tea to steep for 10 to 20 minutes.

Step 3

Strain the tea through a fine, wire mesh strainer and drink.

Making Bread or Rolls

Step 1

Combine the dry ingredients of your bread or roll recipe and add up to 1 tbsp. of celery seed to the ingredients.

Step 2

Prepare the dough as usual, including the rise. Shape into loaves or rolls.

Step 3

Bake the bread according to the recipe instructions. Remove the bread or rolls 10 minutes before the baking time is complete.

Step 4

Brush the top of the bread or rolls with water using a pastry brush and then sprinkle additional celery seeds over the top of the bread.

Step 5

Return the bread to the oven to complete the baking process.

Tips and Warnings

  • Celery seed tea should not be taken by pregnant women as it may lead to uterine bleeding and possible miscarriage. People with kidney problems should not include this herb in their diet.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Fresh or dried celery seeds
  • Tea or coffee cup
  • Fine wire mesh strainer
  • Bread or rolls recipe
  • Pastry brush

References

  • University of Maryland Medical Center: Celery Seed
  • Perdue University: Celery Seed

Who Can Help

  • Growing Celery (PDF)
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