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Asparagus 101

Asparagus 101

It’s gotta be my all-time favorite veggie! I’m crazy about asparagus! You too? When, spring rolls around and asparagus is super cheap at the grocery store, I’m in. Or, even better, when you can find those gorgeous bundles of green at the farmers market. Bring it on!

Picking the Right Bunch

So, how to you pick it out? I always go for the thicker rather than pencil thin asparagus. I think it’s really hard not to overcook the thin stuff. I also look for firm, bright green asparagus stalks with plump, tightly closed tips. Fading color is a sign it’s going bad. Also check the stem ends to make sure they look freshly cut, not shriveled or dried out.

Fresh Asparagus

How To Store

Uncooked asparagus will stay fresh for three to four days in the refrigerator. The secret is to keep asparagus cool and damp. Right away when you get home, cut a little bit off the ends of your asparagus. Then, store spears upright in a container with the stems wading in about an inch of water and cover loosely with a plastic bag. You can also wrap the ends in moist paper towels and drop the bundle into a plastic bag.

How To Cook

To boil it, just place the spears in a skillet full of lightly salted boiling water. Don’t cover the skillet, otherwise the asparagus will go from bright green to army drab. Start testing for doneness after about two minutes. They should be barely tender, with a slight crunch. Asparagus will continue to cook after you’ve removed it from the pan. To keep the asparagus from overcooking and to keep it bright green, immediately after boiling, drop it into ice water for a minute or two. Then, remove and pat dry.

Now, you’re ready to make my Asparagus Salad with bleu cheese, tomatoes, and onion in a light vinaigrette and my Asparagus Pasta Salad with cute little bow tie pasta. You can also, grill asparagus. My grilled Asparagus with Bacon and Feta Cheese is amazing! Trust me! People go crazy over it! Throw some into my Asparagus Potato Frittata. Makes a great Sunday morning breakfast or brunch or a nice light dinner.

Asparagus Frittata

Asparagus Frittata

And, if it’s asparagus season, you might as well pick up a few bundles and make a big batch of my Cream of Asparagus Soup too!

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Got any good cooking secrets or asparagus recipes? Please share! I’d love to feature them on my website! Happy asparagus season!

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