Preserving and Preparing Asparagus

Photo Courtesy of Traditional Cooking School

I’ve been asked about asparagus….. I don’t really care for the stuff.  So…. I’ve never done anything with it!

In fact as I’m working on this post my youngest boy sees the picture and exclaimed “I didn’t know you did asparagus too!”  

So I asked for help. 

Below you will find 8 things you can do with asparagus.  Both preserving methods and ways to prepare it for your table.  

I asked around for help.

I asked my fellow blogging friends to share with you. And they came through for me!  But you know what I noticed?  No one else cans it either!  I really don’t suggest it.  They would be mush.  Pickled asparagus however…. I might even like that!  Have to add it to my list of things to try.

This was the best preserving post I found.  Common Sense Homesteading discusses Freezing, Drying and Lacto-fermenting

Nutritional Anarchy gives health benefits, growing tips an storage ideas. 

A little story....

Actually this shows what a great dad my dad is.  You see when I was a kid, we had asparagus growing wild along the ditch banks.  I never liked it but my dad did (or so I thought).  

I’d go and pick for him and we’d have it for dinner.  He say how nice it was and thank me for picking it “just for him”. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I found out my dad is not a huge asparagus lover after all.   I think he likes it ok... but not like I thought he adored it when I was a kid gleaning along the ditch banks.  

At Fresh Bites Daily you’ll find 8 tips for buying and handling your asparagus for a better results. Asparagus is a delightful healthy vegetable but it is easy to be frustrated with tough stalks and keeping the vegetable from spoiling. Follow these quick tips for a better asparagus experience.

preserving asparagusPhoto courtesy of Melissa K Norris

Melissa K Norris does Marinated Pickled Asparagus….. Yes please!

At Traditional Cooking School  there is a wonderful looking Asparagus Leek Bisque.  She says..”If you have an abundance of asparagus, this soup freezes well before you add the cream. Consider doubling the batch, freezing the pureé, then thawing it later in summer when the heat is overbearing and you don’t feel like cooking.”

Nourishing Joy has another pickled recipe for a Lacto-Fermented Pickled Asparagus. 

There were several roasted recipes.  Try the one I found at Learning and Yearning.   She has great growing  tips, and this recipe for Roasted Asparagus.    Here is a cooking tip “Overcook it and you get slime. But cooked until just tender, it’s sublime. And roasting it brings out its sweetness, like it does for other vegetables.”

Finally how about an Asparagus Salad from the Untrained Housewife.  Lightly blanched and added to a salad sounds like a great springtime meal.

Hmmmm…. I really may try one of those pickled recipes. Because I just found out the other day... after 21 years of marriage, my husband likes asparagus!  Learn something new all the time.  

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