Asparagus usually pops out during the spring. It is the one veggie that farmers look forward to selling in the market. You must have a lot of asparagus on your hands as you are interested in reading this article. Do you know where to store it? You need to take care when storing fruit and vegetables since they are fragile.
Well, freezing is one of the best options to take as it means the asparagus will last a long time for your future use. We will help you every step of the way in teaching you how to freeze asparagus but first, let’s find out some facts. Ready?
Vegetables can vary in their shape and color, even when they are the same variety. Did you know that asparagus comes in 3 different colors? The most popular is green, since that is the color of the common asparagus that I see in the market. Now I know there are 2 other kinds.
Green asparagus varies in thickness. There is both a thin and thick kind. American asparagus is grown above ground and so is hit directly by sunlight, which produces chlorophyll. This is responsible for the color green of a plant.
Among the three colors, this green variety is the most commonly used, maybe because it has the most prominent "asparagus flavor".
I observed that the thick kind is generally used in different recipes compared to the thin type. I wonder why this is so, when thin asparagus is supposed to be young and soft.
This is mostly popular in Europe and white in color. Are you curious why it’s this color? It’s because of etiolation. This means the plant has grown away from the sunlight. The sunlight-deprived asparagus stalks are softer and more fragile.
Why are they deprived of light? Well, as they grow, they are constantly covered with dirt to keep them away from sunlight exposure. Without sunlight, there is no chlorophyll.
Since growing them this way requires more effort, it is more expensive price than green asparagus.
Purple asparagus is the third different variety, and is not like the white and green kinds. It originated in Albenga, Italy, and the purple color is just cosmetic since the inside of the vegetable is still white or green.
This type of asparagus is considered to be more of a fruit because of its sugar content. It has a fruity or nutty flavor compared to the other two kinds. It is also very soft in comparison because of its high level of fiber content.
Why is it the purple color? Well, it’s because it contains anthocyanins, which are very good antioxidants that can protect the body and prevent infections and cancer.
Since you have lots of asparagus at home and you do not want to waste it, here are the six easy steps to freezing it. Freezing is the best method to store vegetables. Vegetables are fragile so make sure that you follow the instructions.
Now that you have learned how to freeze asparagus, your problem of how to keep it all for future use has now been solved.
Blanching is a cooking process of scalding a fruit or vegetable in boiling water or steam for a short period of time before dipping it into cold water (refreshing) in order to stop the cooking process.
Blanching can prevent discoloration and it maintains the good texture of the vegetables.
As you'll see, the steps to freezing asparagus were a breeze. It was easy and quick for us to remember. There are so many kinds of vegetables you can freeze. It will help you to save food, make it last longer and you'll be able to enjoy your favorite food when it is no longer in season.
So, now you know how to freeze asparagus, share it with your friends who have bought a lot as well, and teach them how to freeze asparagus as well. I am sure it will be a big help!