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)!