The Best Way to Keep Asparagus Fresh

If you were to ask me last spring what is the best way to keep asparagus fresh, I would have told you the following:

Choose your asparagus wisely; making sure that they are not wilted and the bottoms are not dried out. Once you get the asparagus home, wrap the tips in a loose paper towel (this keeps them from getting mushy) and then store (up to 5 days) in your vegetable crisper.

These tips were largely empirical, as in they worked for me. But admittedly I was wrong, at least half wrong.

Asparagus, which is now in season in much of the country, should be treated more like a cut flower than something to be forgotten at the bottom of the vegetable crisper. Courtesy of Chow.com, we get some great tips about how to select the freshest asparagus (I was right about that) and then how to store your bunch for maximum freshness (this is where I was wrong). You could watch the video below, but the tips are as follows:

Select the freshest asparagus and then, once home, remove the rubber bands and cut off about an inch of the bottom stalk (much like what you would do for cut flowers) and then submerge bottoms upright in an inch or two of water in a glass. Cover with a loose fitting plastic bag and then store in the fridge. They should stay fresh for at least a few more days than they would have with my old method. But be warned: these little bouquets tend to be top heavy and can easily be knocked over in a crowded fridge.

How do you keep asparagus fresh? Do you have another method that works better? Have you ever been wrong about your own kitchen wisdom?

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67 comments

Shae Lee
Shae Lee3 years ago

Good tip

Tamara Hayes
Tamara Hayes3 years ago

I just bought some fresh asparagus last night so this tip is very timely. I am going to go take care of them right now. Thanks for the helpful tip.

Mark T.
Past Member 3 years ago

gREAT THANKS!

Bill and Katie D.
Katie D.3 years ago

Will try the up right thing and use them sooner! Thank You

Mac C.
mac C.3 years ago

You are right about the crowded fridge, but I'm going to try sticking them upright in water. Should have better results, after all that how I see them when I buy at the store. Thanks for the handy tip on one of my favorite vegetables.

Carolanne Powell
C Powell3 years ago

Is it true that asparagus makes your wee stink? Either that or my son is taking something he shouldn't be! He says it's the asparagus???

Leena K.
Leena K.3 years ago

Thanks.

Kath P.
Kath P.3 years ago

I have a jar which is used exclusively for storing asparagus in the fridge. I don't put a plastic bag over the top though.

Interstellar Daydreamer
Cosmic P.3 years ago

thanks

Natasha Salgado

Great tip,thanks!