Selecting & Storing
Look for firm, bright smooth spears of uniform size with closed, compact tips. When you snap freshly harvested asparagus, it should be crisp, moist and juicy.
Did you know that freshly harvested asparagus is very similar to cut flowers? It needs to be kept in cool, humid conditions. Here are two tried and true ways to help keep asparagus as fresh as possible:
- Wrap it in a damp tea towel, pop in a plastic bag and store in the crisper compartment of the refrigerator.
- Stand the fresh spears upright in a container with 1cm cold water, cover and store in the refrigerator.
- Wash the asparagus thoroughly and remove any woody ends.
- Bring a large pot of water to the boil and carefully add the asparagus. (Please note, if you are blanching a large amount of asparagus, blanch it in batches of 2-3 bunches at a time to maintain the temperature of the water). Return water to the boil and cook for 1 minute and then remove immediately.
- Transfer the asparagus to a bowl of cold water (ideally with ice cubes) to reduce the temperature quickly and prevent further cooking. When cooled (1-2 minutes), remove asparagus and drain well on clean tea towels.
- Transfer the asparagus to freezer bags, remove excess air, secure and label with date. Store in the freezer until required for up to 8 months.