Use This Trick When Storing Asparagus
With the launch of Spring comes the peak of asparagus season (yum!). Are you storing it properly?
I buy a lot of my produce organic… and that means that I put a lot of my earnings toward wholesome, healthy food. Great, right? It’s awesome when I actually eat the food I buy but, not so cool when it goes to waste. When my investment turns to mush, I am not a happy camper – and because of that, I embrace tricks that help me keep food fresh… like this brilliant technique I am about to show you for storing asparagus.
I love this tip because it is simple. The set-up takes a couple of minutes and the end-result is a pretty flower-like (and phallic) bouquet that I get to look at each time I open the fridge (which is often!). If you store uncooked asparagus correctly, it will stay fresh, firm and crisp for about one week (often longer) in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook it.
How to store asparagus
Asparagus spears are actually flower buds and you can treat them as if they were freshly cut flowers. The secret to keeping asparagus fresh is to keep it cool and damp. Here is what you need to do:
- Use a sharp knife to cut 1/4 to 1/2 inch off the bottom of the asparagus stems.
- Make sure the bottoms look green and moist. If they do not, cut more.
- Find a container for the spears. A glass or mason jar works well.
- Place the spears in the container so that they are standing up in about 1-1.5 inches of water.
- Loosely cover the spears with a plastic bag. Produce bags work well
- Place in the refrigerator.
- If you do not have space in your refrigerator for a glass or jar, you can wrap the ends of the spears in moist paper towels. Place the bundle into a plastic bag and store in the fridge this way.
There you have it – a simple way to keep your asparagus spears fresher, longer. I like how the mason jar looks on the shelf in the fridge. Having it in the open and not wrapped in a bag or shoved in a drawer reminds me that they are there. They cry, “eat me, eat me” and this means less chance for waste. Sweet!
- How do you store asparagus?
- Do you have any tips or tricks for storing asparagus?
Please share your ideas in the comment section below this article.
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When she is not slaying fat and building muscle, Jennifer can be found trekking barefoot, traveling, cooking and refining her photography skills. She also enjoys reading and writing about food culture, history and the science of human movement.