This is how to freeze asparagus that have been blanched so that you can enjoy it all round the year.
- Paring knife
- Ice cubes
- Large bowl
- Baking sheet
- Plastic bags
- Vacuum packing
- Plastic wrap
- Select freshly-harvested asparagus. Ideally, freeze your stock when the seasonal demand of the asparagus nears its peak, i.e. from early to mid-spring.
- Wash each spear with cold water to remove any dirt or impurities. Keep washing thoroughly until it becomes entirely clean.
- Trim the woody ends of your spears. The bottom end of the asparagus hardens with time. Therefore, you have to slice off the bottom third of your spears.
- Next, snap the spears into two. If not, cut with a sharp paring knife. Repeat this step for all the spears.
- Chop the asparagus into pieces that are about two inches in length. Althoughyou can freeze the whole spears, cutting it is necessary for the next process: blanching.
- Use a pot that is big enough to hold the asparagus pieces. Fill two-thirds of the pot with water. Bring the water to a boil.
- Pour water and ice cubes in another large bowl.
- After boiling the water for three minutes, drop your asparagus spears or pieces into the water. Set a timer for three minutes to cook the asparagus.
- Immerse all the boiled asparagus into the icy bowl immediately after taking it out of the pot. Set another timer for three minutes.
- Use a dry towel and dry off the damp asparagus. If you are careless during drying, then your asparagus will be frosty in the freezer and could become freezer burnt.
- Lay down a baking sheet and distribute your asparagus pieces evenly. Use a plastic wrap as a covering for the sheet.
- Add the baking sheet to your freezer so it can be flash-frozen in an hour.
- Use plastic bags that are considered reliable for extended use (around a year). Stick labels with dates on your containers so that you can determine the condition of your asparagus.
- Make sure that you pack asparagus tightly, eliminating any air from the container. To do this, you can apply vacuum packaging.
- Lastly, freeze the asparagus for a year or longer.
- Don’t thaw asparagus just before cooking it.
- You can take out the blanched asparagus out of the freezer and eat it even if a year has passed.
- Category: How to freeze
- Method: Freezing