Asparagus is one of your favorite spring vegetables but its season passes too quickly for your taste? Not to worry, you can freeze asparagus and enjoy it out of season as well. Here’s how you preserve the delicious vegetable.
First things first: buy asparagus only when it is in season in your region and get it from a local grower. As is the case with other vegetables, asparagus tastes much better fresh than imported, and buying locally-grown food is a simple and yet effective way to reduce your carbon footprint.
We recommend that you buy certified organic products to make sure that your food has not been treated with pesticides.
Can You Freeze Asparagus? Here’s What You Need to Know
Freezing asparagus is simple – and a great way to preserve it. So, if you want to enjoy it all year round, freezing asparagus when it’s fresh in spring is the way to go.
What you need to do to freeze asparagus depends on which kind of asparagus you bought:
- In the US, buying fresh asparagus usually means you’re getting the green variety. If this is the case, take a closer look at the spears: If the bottom part shows a purplish-white coloration, peel that part and cut off the tough end. If the entire spear is green, do not peel it, only cut off about an inch at the bottom.
- For white asparagus, the variety common throughout Europe, peel each spear, sparing only the tips and remove the tough bottom ends.
- Though some recipes suggest otherwise, we recommend that you do not blanch or boil the asparagus before freezing it. Doing so will later result in a bland taste.
- Next, pick up as manyspears as you want for each portion and place them in airtight containers.
- To freeze your asparagus, place the individual containers in the freezer – that’s it.
- Frozen asparagus can be stored for at least six months.
Tip: You can reuse vegetable scraps like asparagus peel to make soup or other delicious meals.
Cooking With Frozen Asparagus
- So now that you know how to freeze asparagus, you might wonder how to use the frozen vegetables. Cooking with frozen asparagus is quite easy, because, unlike other vegetables, you don’t have to defrost it. In fact, you really shouldn’t as this will cause a loss of flavor. Simply take out one of the portions you prepared and place the frozen spears in a pot of boiling salted water. It takes approximately 8 – 10 minutes until the asparagus is tender.
- Another great way to process frozen asparagus is to grill it. Give it 5 minutes on the grill and it will be ready to eat.
- If you want to fry asparagus, cut the fresh spears into small pieces before freezing them. When you take them out again, they only take 5 minutes to fry.
- Frozen asparagus also makes for a great salad. This is a good option especially if the batch has lost some flavor due to the freezing process.
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