How to Store Asparagus
Before storing asparagus, freezing asparagus or enjoying it in a delicious dish or salad, start out with the basics. That means washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to keep uninvited guests from crashing your meal.
Now, ready to get your prep on? Follow these simple steps to store asparagus that hasn't been cooked yet.
Step 1: Wrap It Up
Step 2: Bag It Up
Step 3: Cool It Off
Keep in mind that it's not just about how to store asparagus but also where you store it. Certain fruits like apricots, nectarines, pears and plums give off a gas called ethylene as they ripen, which causes asparagus to go bad too quickly. So just be mindful to store these high-ethylene-producing fruits separately from your asparagus.
How to Freeze Asparagus
If you're looking to freeze asparagus, you'll want to give your spears a good blanching first. Not sure how? Follow these steps to prep your asparagus for the freezer.
Step 1: Get Your Boil On
Step 2: Give Asparagus the Cold Treatment
Step 3: Drop Your Asparagus in a Freezer Bag
Step 4: Tuck Your Asparagus Away
How to Defrost Asparagus
You've learned how to store asparagus and how to freeze asparagus, so now you may be wondering how to thaw it? Well, the answer is don't. Thawing asparagus can cause it to lose crispness, so it's best just to cook the frozen asparagus straight away.
How Long Asparagus Lasts
Now that you're a pro at storing asparagus, you're probably wondering, "How long does asparagus last in the fridge?" Well, raw asparagus should keep for three to four days. And when it comes to freezing asparagus that's been blanched, it should keep for up to five months.
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