Sunday, March 30, 2008

Asparagus

'Tis the season for asparagus!

We tried to plant some asparagus plants last year, but they don't seem to have made it through the winter, so I guess we'll try again in a few weeks. Regardless, they wouldn't have been ready to harvest for another season or two.

Fortunately, I've seen some fairly low prices on it recently in the grocery store. Shane and I love it, but Sparky hasn't developed a taste for it. That means we can easily get a couple of meals out of a pound of it.

Lately, whenever I've seen a good price on it, I've bought a couple of pounds of it. I take out what we need for a meal, then freeze the rest.

The process is easy. I just bring some water to a boil. Meanwhile I snap off the woody ends from the bottom of the asparagus spears. When the water is at a full boil, I blanch the spears in the boiling water for about 30 seconds. Just long enough to halt the enzymes and bacteria that would cause the asparagus to spoil.


I drain the asparagus in a colander, run some cold water over it to stop the cooking process, drain them, then spread the spears out on a cookie sheet and flash freeze them. Finally, I take them off the cookie sheet and put them in a freezer-grade Ziploc bag.


That's all there is to it! When I'm ready to cook more, I just take out what I need and cook it (without thawing first) just like I would fresh asparagus.

This is a great, and inexpensive, way to have fresh-tasting asparagus beyond its season.

4 comments:

Donna said...

We, to, love it! Never can get enough!lol...Hope all is well with you!hugs

Becky..AMHW said...

Give the asparagus a little while. They may come up yet.

They were considered weeds where I grew up. Once you had a plant you just couldn't get rid of it! It grew along our irrigation ditches. My Dad would have to burn the edges of our fields so it wouldn't spread into the alfalfa.

Annie Jones said...

Donna: Things are getting better now!

Becky: Cool! Let's have weed for dinner. ;)

Lisa said...

Hubby and I didnt discover we LOVE asparagus until last year. We will be planting a new hybrid type this year that we will be able to harvest next year. Last year I paid 4.99 for a pound of "home grown weed" at a farmers market. lol