How to Freeze and Store Asparagus

Spring is almost here! With spring comes beautiful flowers, singing birds and great deals on asparagus! I know, I know, I should really be growing my own asparagus and I will, but I just haven’t yet (one thing at a time). Since I don’t have a nice asparagus patch in my backyard I was super excited to see it on sale for $.97 per pound! That is a terrific price for asparagus (I’ve seen it as high as $3.99 per pound out of season). But I didn’t want to eat asparagus at every meal this week just to take advantage of the sale. After a little research I decided to freeze it for use in the upcoming months.

The first thing I did was remove the tough, woody ends off the spears. I do this by holding the asparagus at each end and bending it until it snaps. I discarded the end pieces into our compost bin.

Next I washed the asparagus and chopped it into small pieces.

Once I finished washing and chopping, I blanched the asparagus in boiling water for about a minute. Once it was a nice bright green color I transferred it to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

Once cooled I dried off the asparagus with a dish towel. I then laid the pieces out on cookie sheets to put in the freezer. This allows the pieces to freeze individually so they don’t all stick together in the freezer bag.

I placed the cookie sheets in the freezer and waited for the pieces to freeze (about 1/2 hour to an hour). Once frozen I labeled and filled my freezer bags.

That’s it! Now I can enjoy asparagus for a fraction of the cost in the coming months (as the price steadily increases)!

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2 Responses to How to Freeze and Store Asparagus

  1. Rebecca says:

    I love asparagus too! We have areas where it grows wild around here and last year my daughter and her boyfriend brought us several ice cream buckets worth. I wish I had thought to freeze it because I payed $3.99 a pound a few times this winter! I will keep this idea in mind for this year! ~ Rebecca

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