How to Freeze Asparagus

April 7, 2013 2 Comments | Disclosure

How to Freeze Asparagus

I LOVE asparagus.  I would eat it every day, all year round if I could.  There’s nothing like it!  And now is the time of year to STOCK UP!  I scored 28 lbs of this lovely veggie for $27!  Can’t beat that.  Well, until I figured out just how much Asparagus that was!  No way will my family be able to eat that before it goes bad without turning green!  So, into the freezer it goes, which means awesome fresh(er) asparagus all summer, fall and winter, and no $4.99 a lb!

How to Freeze Asparagus

Ingredients

  • Asparagus
  • Ice
  • Ziplock Bags

Instructions

  1. Start water to boil, in stockpot, place steamer basket in bottom of pot
  2. Prep asparagus by cleaning thoroughly, and cut off ends, and sort by size (small (the thickness of a pencil or smaller), medium sized, and large (bigger than half an inch). We were doing 16 lbs, so this wasn't a small task. By the time we were done, the water was boiling nicely)
  3. Place 1-2 lbs of asparagus in boiling water to blanch. Blanching time starts as soon as the pot begins to boil. Small asparagus blanches for 2 minutes, medium for 3, and large for 4.
  4. When the time is up, remove from boiling water quickly and submerge in an ice water bath for the same time you blanched. Having the steamer basket in the bottom makes this easy. I just used tongs and grabbed it out.
  5. Drain and pat dry
  6. Place in resealable bag to freeze (about 4 lbs per gallon-sized bag)
  7. Lay flat in freezer
  8. Frozen asparagus will keep for 10-12 months
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Freezer LablesI love these little Freezer Labels!  Write on the label instead of the bag, and you don’t have to hunt for a sharpie!

Use Frozen Asparagus to make

How to Freeze Series

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Comments

  1. I am curious if you have tried any of your frozen asparagus? I tried this a couple of years ago and ended up with MUSH when I thawed them and tried to eat them. I must have blanched them for too long or left them in the ice bath too long. I will have to give it another go this year. Thanks for your tips.

  2. Does this make them soft or limp?? Everytime I freeze them the are soft and limp!!

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