Can you freeze asparagus?
Can you freeze asparagus? As with many other vegetables, freezing asparagus is sometimes debated, whether it is justified or not. To help you see more clearly, let’s review 4 frequently asked questions on the subject.
How to store raw asparagus?
If you are not a fan of freezing, know that you can keep your fresh, unpeeled and raw asparagus in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 days. For this to be done in good conditions, you can wrap them in a damp cloth before placing them in the vegetable drawer of your fridge.
Keep in mind that packaged asparagus, such as those found in supermarkets, can last up to 5 days in your refrigerator.
How to freeze green asparagus?
Before freezing your asparagus, you need to prepare it. This includes cleaning them and removing their ends.
In the case of green asparagus, it is best to blanch them, by plunging them into boiling water for one to two minutes. Once this step is complete, your asparagus must be cooled in ice water, for a time similar to scalding. When they are blanched, all you have to do is drain them and let them dry for a few minutes.
Note that it is recommended to pre- freeze your green asparagus, regardless of the variety, so as not to end up with a heap that is impossible to separate. To do this, you can place them for an hour in your freezer, on a plate or in a dish provided for this purpose, making sure to separate them from each other. As soon as the time is up, just collect them and transfer them to an airtight freezer bag.
How to freeze fresh white asparagus?
If you want to freeze fresh white asparagus, the procedure is not that different from that of green asparagus. Indeed, you just have to start by peeling, rinsing and draining the asparagus, before drying them well with a cloth. You then proceed to a pre-freezing, under the same conditions as the green asparagus above, to finally place them in airtight bags.
However, unlike green asparagus, which must be blanched before freezing, white asparagus does not require this step. You can freeze them straight away.
How to store asparagus?
Any peeled and already cooked asparagus cannot be placed in the refrigerator for a single day , on the essential condition that it has been kept in its cooking water. However, you can opt for another solution: jars of salt water.
To proceed, it’s very simple, you just have to immerse your asparagus in boiling water for 30 minutes, before draining them. Then, you can place them in said jars previously filled with salted water (about 20g of salt for 1l of water), then sterilize them by heating them at 100°C for a good hour.
You can also preserve your asparagus by placing them in a vacuum bag, if you have a vacuum sealer.
Remember to blanch them before putting them under vacuum to avoid the proliferation of bacteria.
The brilliant trick to stop throwing away the asparagus stalks
There are many recipes in which only the tip of the asparagus is used : the most melting and tasty part: rissoto, verrine, spring vol au vent, tartlet…
To avoid spoiling the stalks, remember to blanch them, then freeze them as you go in a freezer bag. When the bag is full, thaw everything and prepare a delicious velouté of green asparagus : a vegetable broth with the stalks to boil for a few minutes, mix finely, adding cream and Parmesan. Serve with bacon crisps .