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Asparagus question!

I've never had asparagus before, but I want to start eating it because it's extremely healthy. How do you cook it? And if I buy it in a bunch, how do I store it? Feel free to post recipes too! Thanks! Have a Blessed day :)

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:49 AM on Feb. 21, 2010 in Food & Drink

Answers (10)
  • Yum, I love asparagus! I like to fry it in butter and put a little salt & pepper on it, or you can steam it. It should be refrigerated until ready to use.

    Answer by momov4kids at 10:51 AM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • I cut about 1/4 inch off of the stalk. Put it in a glass dish with s&p, sometimes Ill add dried seasonings, olive oil, and bake at 475 until it is tender with just a hint of crunch.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:52 AM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • I just lay mine in a baking dish, cover it with some olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  Bake it until tender.


    Answer by m-avi at 10:53 AM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • You can steam it or fry it.
    You can use it in soups, just make sure you cut off the very ends about 1 inch or so, they are hard and will not soften

    Answer by older at 10:54 AM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • Grill it on the bbq. Saute it in a pan, chopped up. Raw, chopped up in salads. Steamed whole. Baked whole.
    Usually you cut of the bottom 1/3 of the stem (the thickest part) because it tends to be tough/ fiberous. You can also take them in your hand and "snap them"...and they'll naturally snap off the lower part that you don't usually want to eat.
    A great marinade for it is regular italian salad dressing! Good luck!

    Answer by sandypops at 10:57 AM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • I've had it sauteed with garlic, onions and seasonings, baked, grilled, not raw, but I may have to try it. You need to cut off about the bottom 1/3, and I prefer the more slender asparagus to the thicker stems, I find the thicker ones to be more woody. Just as an fyi after you eat it you may notice your urine has an odd smell. I don't know why, but for some people it has that effect - my hubby notices right away, but I've never noticed it.

    Answer by canadianmom1974 at 2:24 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • I like it roasted, cut off ends, maybe 2 inches....spread in even layer on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, roast in a 425 oven for about 15 minutes, give or take depending on how soft/hard you like them. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese before the same thing but grill them, not sure how long, dh does the grilling around here...

    Answer by gramsmom at 3:35 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • I like the really skinny ones raw in salads.

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:28 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • This is how *I* do it - the only way my family will eat it. I snap the ends off - hold it in the middle, and hold the bottom end, bend, and let it break where it wants too - it will naturally break where it starts getting woody - and you don't want to eat woody asparagus! I then cut the top 2 inches off, and cut the middle into 1 inch sections. Put it all in a glass bowl, add about 1/4 inche of water to the bottom, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and put in the microwave - amount of time depends on how much you have, what shape the bowl is, and how tender you like it - we like it soft, so for about 1.5 lbs I "cook" for 10 minutes. When it's done, I dump it into a colandar, let it drain for a while, pour back into the bowl, and top with butter, salt, and pepper. I *have* added it into alfredo pasta with broccoli and chicken before and my kids really enjoyed that. con't for storage tips

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:33 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • I've seen 3 area grocery stores AND sellers at the farmer's market store/sell it the same way - upright in a container with some water in the bottom, in the fridge. I personally don't have it around long enough to worry about storage - I use it within a day or two of buying - and I just keep it in the plastic bag I put it in at the grocery store or I put it in a clean grocery sack if I buy it from the farmer's market or we pick it wild from the ditches. If I were going to store it for more than a day or two, I'd put it upright in a tall bowl with a bit of water in the bottom, and *maybe* a plastic bag over the top so it doens't evaporate too quick. Hope I've helped, we eat a lot of asparagus here in the summer!

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:38 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

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