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Now, I have no idea if this is actually true or not but a good friend of mine is a nurse and she said that celery has a mild numbing effect on sore gums if served straight from the fridge. She implied that it contains some sort of anaesthetic but I've just spent 25 minutes Googling my socks off and found no actual proof of this. However, plenty of places recommend cold celery as teethers so it amounts to the same thing. (Perhaps I should take this opportunity to remind you that I am not in any sense qualified to give medical advice? Nor is Google, for that matter.)

I give Babybear half a stick at a time because she likes to put in in her mouth and yank it out, dragging it over her teeth, and the longer piece gives her better (and funnier) leverage. She loves it, and while she doesn't eat a great deal she generally chews off a good inch or so. Very handy for taking out, as it's clean and keeps well.

However, I just wanted to remind everyone that now the weather is getting colder, the days of BLW chicken soup are drawing in. In Scotland it's been bitter for a few weeks so we've had the opportunity to refine the recipe even further. Babybear is absolutely loving the big sticks of celery (still cringing with revulsion at the sight of carrot, sadly) and I appear to have cracked the 'no-salt' issue. Rather than using a stock cube to supplement my home-made chicken stock, we adults now content ourselves with sprinkling some Marigold bouillon into the soup at the table, which leaves Babybear with an utterly virtuous salt-free soup. It's not dinner party elegant, I'll grant you, but with the amount of cheese that child eats I really need to watch her salt intake.

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10 Responses to “Celery”

  1. Anonymous says:

    celery, urgh, i hate it! i bought some today for josh to try tho. i havent knowingly put any celery in my mouth since i was about 8 though so can some1 tell me how to serve it to josh please lol, does it need softening, or can i just cut it into sticks and give him a stick???

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love celery for me its always served with a great wodge of peanut butter yum but I guess thats out for our little ones for a while but Euey is quite partial to a bit of philidelphia spread on his he sucks that off and then kind of gnaws (well gums no sign of teeth yet) hamster style at the celery.

  3. Anonymous says:

    just cut it into sticks (if you can bear to) and hand it to him, but don't be surprised if he doesn't really eat much of it. my husband was celery-phobic as well… it has taken me years to get him to begin to tolerate its presence in soups, so don't worry Ms Jeni… you are freaky but not alone-freaky, which my super-freaky husband tells me is half the battle.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Celery – eeeuuuurrrgggghhhh! The Devil's Food……..
    Hhhmmmm note to self, perhaps I should be working harder at not passing on my phobias to the Pickle.
    Tee hee.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hey there,
    Am new here but loving your website – giving me lots of tips for when bubs is ready to start munching in January (i fear she'll never reach 26wks based on current consumption though!)..
    …anyway, as you can guess I haven't actually started BLW yet, but my favoured way of eating celery is to peel it first to get rid of all the stringy bits – makes it a lot easier and somehow taste better – a bit like cutting sandwiches into triangles instead of squares…..

  6. Anonymous says:

    Welcome Dizzy,
    your willingness to post tips about something as arcane as celery peelings marks you out as just geeky enough to fit right in…
    h x

  7. Anonymous says:

    celery seed is used in complimentary medicine to reduce muscle spasms, calm the nerves, and reduce inflammation. In fact it has been claimed that celery seed alleviates the pain associated with certain inflammatory health conditions such as arthritis and gout. This may be where the anaesthetic properties come in? But that is the seed and not the actual plant bit, the plant bit is recommended for relaxation and reducing stress, so if it is really able to do this then it would be good for teething babies anyway! Whatever reason I would give celery to them if they like it as mine loves to chew it endlessly although I am sure none of it is actually ingested!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I just ate about 20 sticks of celery, and I can't feel the inside of my mouth.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I'm new here too. About 2 weeks into concerted effort at BLW and the Little Sausage is doing really well – not too much scary (for mum) gagging and getting rather good at chewing. He even impressed childminder yesterday with his rice cake eating abilities – haven't been brave enough to ask her to feed anything other than mush until now. but I digress…
    Celery – it IS the Devil's Vegetable – and is known as such in our house. But it poses an interesting question – does one knowingly (or not) pass one's dislikes onto the babes?
    By the way, while I'm here, was very pleased to see the salt-free soup tip – I've been worrying about that. Yesterday found some low salt stockcubes which apparently only have a trace of salt in them. (Come in a blue packet, can't remember the name).
    Any thoughts about using wine in cooking – stews etc, usually use in my bolognaise? Does alcohol evaporate off?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Don't quote me but I think Alcohol does evaporate off if thats the right term!
    I give Euey our stews and spag bols and they've always got a bit of booze sloshed in them!
    As far as celery goes Euey loves to chew on it and I'm rather partial too especially with a big glob of philly or peanut butter on Yum!

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