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?