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6 Tips for Perfect Asparagus

Annessa Chumbley, RD

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Apr 3rd, 2015

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With vegetables like this, there’s no way I’m letting it “go bad” before it gets used. Asparagus does have a short life compared to other vegetables. Why? Well, every vegetable has a measurable oxygen level, and asparagus happens to be pretty high. Here are some tips to treat spring’s delicious ingredient with a little TLC, making it last.

Three main things to remember when caring for asparagus: 

1. Wrap it:  right when you get this beautiful bundle home, wrap a damp paper towel around the stems, and place it in a plastic bag before refrigerating. Asparagus can draw moisture from the towel, making it last a little longer. 

Asparagus wrapped

2. Snap it:  remove the tough ends from the tender ends by breaking one of the asparagus at the natural breaking point. You can easily find where the tough end begins by carefully bending one all the way down, and letting it snap on its own. 

3. Tough Ends vs Tender Ends: use the tender tends in stir frys, roasted, blanched and put on salads, in pastas, etc.  The tough ends don’t have to be thrown away! Use them to make Creamy Asparagus Soup.

Give it a try – you won’t be disappointed!
Get the recipe here.

Asparagus Soup

When cooking roasted asparagus, everyone has the way they’ve done it for years.  But, if you’ve had them cooked right, chances are you love them. Here’s how you can get them crunchy, cooked through, and roasted perfection. 

1. High heat. Forget low and slow! To get the desired crispiness on vegetables like asparagus, the heat has to be hot – 425 – 450 degrees F.  Sometimes I will just put them under a high broil (for complete instructions, click the link below!) 

2. Hot sheet. While you’re prepping the asparagus, place the baking sheet in the oven so it can get up to a hot temperature.  That way, when the asparagus go into the oven, the baking sheet will not have to heat too….the asparagus can really get hit with heat from every side, which is what we want for the perfect roasted asparagus!  

3. Single layer. If the pan is crowded with vegetables, they will steam instead of roasting. To get the perfect roasted asparagus, each vegetable has to have its own “space.”  Don’t crowd the pan! Keep everything in a single layer, and everyone will be happy….and to roasted perfection. 

Layered Asparagus

When you’re done, you’ll have some tasty, roasted asparagus waiting for you!

Try out this recipe (complete with a delicious dip!)

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14 Responses to 6 Tips for Perfect Asparagus

  1. Louisa 24/04/2015 at 8:31 am

    roast asparagus. how long do you roast them?

    • Customer Care 24/04/2015 at 3:14 pm

      Hello Louisa, please scroll down the blog and you’ll see a bright blue link that says “this recipe”. The cooking time is 10 minutes. I hope this helped! ~Shasta

  2. Judy Kurtz 24/04/2015 at 9:04 am

    Whoever wrote this article needs to learn the proper use of “its” and “it’s.”

  3. Thomas 24/04/2015 at 10:39 am

    No mention of peeling? Peeling the stalk moves the asparagus to a new plane – tender and delicious.

  4. Tim 24/04/2015 at 12:23 pm

    How long in the oven?

    • Customer Care 24/04/2015 at 3:12 pm

      Hello Tim, it’s 10 minutes. If you click on the “this recipe” link by scrolling down you’ll see the details. Thanks and have a great weekend. ~Shasta

  5. V. Tempongko 24/04/2015 at 1:17 pm

    I wanted to share this on my Facebook but don’t know how to do it or where to go to do so. Can you help?

    • Customer Care 24/04/2015 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks for commenting V., there isn’t a share button available for Facebook on this blog. There is a like button on the top of the blog page and you can also copy and paste this blogs URL and put it into your Facebook timeline and that will link this blog onto your Facebook to share. We hope that helps.

  6. Kim 26/04/2015 at 1:33 am

    Can asparagus be frozen?, and if so, how?

    • Customer Care 26/04/2015 at 5:27 am

      I’d be happy to check into that for you, Kim. Which Albertsons location do you shop at? I await your reply. ~Cindy

  7. Kathleen 26/04/2015 at 1:08 pm

    The ingredients include salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar, but doesn’t say when to use them. Before or after roasting? Also, people are saying 10 minutes in the oven, but the recipe says 4-7 minutes. Thanks!

    • Customer Care 26/04/2015 at 7:42 pm

      Hi Katleen, we are wroking on updating the recipe with further information. Thanks for being patient! ~Thomas

  8. Kim 26/04/2015 at 2:14 pm

    We shop at Albertsons in Lake Havasu City, AZ

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