Friday, May 10, 2013

Preserving Asparagus

Dianne Peaslee asks:
So excited...just went to the garden and picked almost 6lbs of asparagus. It is coming so fast...If I cut it into like 2-3 inch pieces and blanch it do you think I could freeze it on a cookie sheet till frozen then put into zip-locks and mix other veggies for a DIY stir-fry mix...
Freezing asparagus is one of the best methods of preserving the flavor.  Vacuum sealing is more preferred over other ways because removing the air will hinder freezer burn and help it to maintain a good color and the best flavor.  When you vacuum seal you don't need to blanch the asparagus.  You simply wash it and cut it to the size you want.  Place it in your bag arranging it so that the most space is filled and more air can be removed.  Freezing this way preserves the most color and flavor.  If you don't have a vacuum sealer then you can wash and cut your asparagus.  Have a pot of water boiling and blanch it for about 30 or 40 seconds.  Cool quickly and place on a cookie sheet.  Freeze for a few minutes and then place in freezer bags or freezer container.  Remove as much air as you can before sealing. 

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