Tuesday Tidbits: How to store asparagus

How to store your asparagus
Earlier this week, I was inspecting the asparagus at our local grocery store when another mom asked me what I was looking for.  I explained to her that fresh asparagus should have tightly closed buds and stems that are still moist. She then asked me how to store asparagus when she got it home. After sharing with her that asparagus should be treated like a bouquet of roses, she enthusiastically put a bundle in her cart and went on her way.

Now that local asparagus is coming into season nationwide, I decided that this easy method for how to store asparagus should be this week’s Tuesday tidbit. When these instructions are followed, asparagus can easily stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week. (Assuming it was at it’s peak when purchased.)

How to select and store your asparagus…

1.  Look for stalks that have tightly closed buds. (You would never buy roses that have already opened, right?)

2.  Check that the bottom of the stems are not too dry and/or cracking.

3.  As soon as you get home, cut the bottom inch off of the stalks and place them in a glass or vase filled with one inch of water.

4.  Refrigerate until ready to use. If storing for more than three days, be sure to change the water on day three.

(Some people recommend putting a plastic bag over the glass, but I don’t think it makes a difference and I would prefer my produce to spend as little time covered in plastic as possible.)

If you are looking for some tasty recipes that use fresh asparagus, I highly suggest the Asparagus and Spaghetti alla Carbonara (p.14) or the Savory Springtime Napoleon (p.4) from the spring section of my cookbook, or the Mushroom, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese Risotto previously featured on Healthnut Foodie.

Hoppy Spring!!! (I can’t help it.)

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