Spring is here and every home cook should know how to make delicious asparagus recipes. With these simple tips, you will be on your way to cooking up this versatile vegetable.
Asparagus is delicious and healthy. It can be prepared in so many ways. While flowers and warm weather signal spring, I know the season is here because I see the lovely vegetable in the markets.
Today I want to give you tips on buying and storing asparagus. I will answer the question of how long does asparagus last in the fridge and you'll get helpful hints for the next time you'd like to cook this vegetable.
There are several different varieties of this wonderful produce. Some have thick stalks while others are thin. The thickness is more a matter of preference but I always will pick the medium size stalks.
Also choose stalks that are a bright green or violet tinged color. They should also have firm stems and be tender. There is also a white variety which has a softer texture and milder flavor.
The stalks should not be limp and when you break one in half, there should be a snap. Stalks should also not be tough or woody looking. That would really ruin the eating experience.
Spring is the best time to purchase asparagus. The season starts in late February and goes until June.
How to Store
Store asparagus in the refrigerator before you are ready to prepare it. The best way to keep this vegetable fresh is to trim or break off the ends and wrap them in a damp paper towel. It can then be stored in an air tight container or plastic bag. Keep the wrapped stalks in your crisper drawer for optimal freshness.
How long does asparagus last in the fridge?
It can be stored in a plastic bag for about 3 days. This is a delicate vegetable which doesn't keep in the fridge very long. Trim off any wilted edges before using.
Asparagus is a versatile vegetable and there are lots of ways to prepare it. Steaming, roasting, grilling, boiling or sauteing are all great methods. It doesn't need to be cooked for long as you will only want to enhance the delicate flavor. Don't overcook it because you will want to preserve the beautiful color.
Check out these nine great recipes. I will make these over and over again!