I was reading a recipe for Slow Cooker Rosemary Garlic Beef Stew and noticed that one of the ingredients called for a "sleeve" of celery. I've heard of a stalk of celery, but I've never heard of a sleeve. Here is the list of ingredients:

Ingredients

  • ½ lb. (4 medium) carrots $0.55
  • ½ sleeve celery $0.65
  • 1 medium onion $0.36
  • 2 lbs. red potatoes $1.00
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.32
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced $0.32
  • 1½ lbs. beef stew meat $9.06
  • Salt and pepper $0.05
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour $0.04
  • 2 cups beef broth $0.30
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard $0.24
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce $0.06
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce $0.10
  • ½ Tbsp brown sugar $0.02
  • ½ Tbsp dried rosemary $0.15
  • ½ tsp thyme $0.05

How much celery do I need to add to the recipe?

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    Perhaps they're referring to the bag that a whole celery heart comes in? Half a celery heart (about 6-8 stalks?) seems to be on par with the volume of 4 medium carrots. – Erica Feb 16 '15 at 16:01
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    I think you're right @Erica. "Sleeve" seems to be a common word for that style of celery packaging. Though the actual amount of celery in such a pack can vary, so it's not a great measurement for a recipe. Convenient, though, and forgiving in something like a stew. I'd say go ahead and make that an answer. – Preston Feb 16 '15 at 16:07
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    I agree it sounds like the package, but that's a very high celery to beef ratio! I'd add 2-3 stalks myself. – GdD Feb 16 '15 at 17:06
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This question is actually answered in a comment to the recipe you linked:

kimberly says:

Sorry for silly question, but the ingredient list says ” ½ sleeve celery $0.65 “. do you mean 1/2 of a stalk or 1/2 of a bunch of celery? [...]

Beth M says:

Yes, I meant a half bunch. Sorry about the confusion! :) I used about 4 stalks or so. They cook down quite a bit.

Also there's a picture of the ingredients used:

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So 4-5 stalks appears to be intended amount of celery. A recipe like this though is going to pretty flexible so if that seems like too much or too little it shouldn't be a problem if you go outside that range.

My best guess is that the recipe is referring to the bag ("sleeve") that a whole celery heart comes in.

Half a celery heart (about 6-8 stalks?) seems to be on par with the volume of 4 medium carrots.

Here's a Save-A-Lot grocery store listing for "sleeve celery", and the picture is of a celery heart.

I was looking at the same recipe and googled "what is a sleeve of celery?" and found your question. Then I realized that on the version I'm looking at, when I scrolled down, the author had shown pictures of the ingredients. 4 carrots, 1 onion, and..... 5 CELERY STALKS. So, that's what I'm going with. I also like the answer of eye-balling it according to how much celery you want in proportion to the beef and carrots. I don't like celery that well, but I'm going to use 5 stalks and hope it comes out okay.

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    The top answer here says exactly that - it even includes the picture. – Cascabel May 2 '15 at 19:15

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