One of the essential ingredients of every kitchen is asparagus. You can use it in multiple dishes. There are four types of asparagus on the market: white, purple, green, and wild. Sand and dust can get trapped in its delicate tips and leaves. So, it is best if you have an idea about how to clean asparagus properly. Today, I will discuss all possible methods to clean asparagus adequately. But before that, you must buy fresh asparagus.
How to Buy Asparagus?
Choose asparagus that is plump and straight in appearance. Examine the ends and return any bunches with dried, split, or extremely woody stalks, indicating that the asparagus is older. Thin asparagus spears are softer and sweeter, whereas more oversized items have a juicier structure and a more robust asparagus flavor.
Methods for Cleaning Asparagus
Clean Asparagus the Traditional Way
- Firstly, you have to wash the asparagus. Under running water, hold the asparagus. Remove the rubber band that binds the asparagus stalks together from a bunch of asparagus. Turn on the tap and run cool water over the asparagus stems. Rinse the narrowest end, which is where sand and dust are present. If the asparagus appears to be unclean, dislodge sand or dust with your thumb and fingertip. You can also wash the stalks separately to get rid of the dirt.
- The next step is to cut off the tough ends of the asparagus. For this, remove the asparagus from the water and place them on a work surface. With one hand, grasp one asparagus stalk in the middle. Hold the stalk’s brutal end with the thumb and forefinger of your other hand. Bend the asparagus stalk down gently to break the brutal end off. Clean all of the asparagus and snap off the ends. If your asparagus is thick, you may need to cut it off a few inches from the bottom of the stalk. Trimming thinner asparagus may only require an inch of trimming.
- Using kitchen towels, you can dry the asparagus. Spread the cleaned asparagus on the towel. Another kitchen towel should be placed over the asparagus and gently rubbed across it, and it will dry when you rub it between two towels.
- Now you can use or store the asparagus. You can utilize the asparagus that has been cleaned and cut right away. After Cleaning, you can store asparagus in a refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
To keep the asparagus from drying out, wrap the trimmed ends in a damp paper towel. Refrigerate the asparagus bunch upright in a jar or bottle with the wet towel in the bottom.
Clean Asparagus with Boiled Water
In the second method, you can clean asparagus via boiled water.
- Boil some water in a pot, fill a big saucepan with water up to three-quarters capacity. Place the saucepan on the burner with the lid on it.
- In a pot of boiling water, dip the asparagus. To grasp numerous asparagus stalks, you can use tongs. Place the asparagus in hot water and hold for a few seconds. If the stalks have any tiny leaves, they will fall a little. Remove all the dipped asparagus from the boiling water and dip the remaining asparagus in the water.
- The hot water should open up the delicate tips a little, allowing the dirt to wash away readily.
- Now rinse the asparagus with cool water. Place the asparagus in a strainer or bowl in the sink to wash it properly. Run it under cold water to prevent its cooking. The asparagus will preserve its brilliant colors due to washing under cold water. Consider drying the asparagus between kitchen towels if you’ll be coating it in oil before cooking it.
Use the asparagus right away or keep it refrigerated.
Clean Asparagus by Shaving
This method involves cleaning asparagus by shaving.
- Wash the asparagus using cold water. Collect the stems of asparagus under the tap. Wash the asparagus in cold water, making sure to get rid of any dirt from the fragile tip of the stalks.
- Peel the asparagus with a vegetable peeler. Place the asparagus on a work surface after rinsing. Peel each stalk from the base of the sensitive tip to the rough end with a vegetable peeler. If you’ve already washed the soft tip, don’t take it off. Repeat the process with the remaining asparagus. Only remove the asparagus’ thin outer skin; otherwise, you risk removing too much of the stem.
- The last step is to remove the rough ends. For this, hold One asparagus stalk in the middle of one hand. Hold the stern end of the stalk with your other hand’s thumb and forefinger. Press down on the asparagus stalk until the tough end snaps off where the woody end meets the sensitive part.
If you’re using thick asparagus, the bottom of the stalk may need to be snapped off a few inches. Trimming thinner Asparagus may only require an inch of cutting. If a thick asparagus stalk is not snapping quickly, slide your fingers closer to the stem’s center until several inches snap off.
Clean asparagus uses in recipes that call for tender asparagus. Avoid tossing these stalks on the grill because they have been cut and may burn quickly. Sautéing or baking them in the oven are good options. You may also store the shaved asparagus stalks in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. To keep the clipped ends from drying out, wrap them in a damp paper towel and place the asparagus bunch upright in a jar or bottle.
How to Store asparagus properly?
Asparagus bunches are usually tied together with a rubber band. Cut this constrictive belt off as soon as you arrive home. It has the potential to bruise your vegetables and give them a waxy texture. Refrigerate the loose asparagus in a plastic grocery bag until ready to use.
Some people peel the skin off the bottom of the stalk, which I think is effective but takes a long time. Now you can easily clean asparagus from the methods mentioned above and can quickly cook different recipes of asparagus.