The quality of freshly picked asparagus degrades quickly. It should be used within three days for optimal freshness and taste. If it can’t be used immediately, store it.
Asparagus in the Refrigerator
If asparagus is stored properly in the refrigerator, it can last up to two weeks.
To store it in the refrigerator, wash it, trim the ends, wrap in a moist paper towel, and seal in a plastic storage bag. Store in the refrigerator at 38-40°F.
Asparagus in the Freezer
If asparagus is frozen properly, it can last up to six to eight months.
To store in the freezer, thoroughly wash the asparagus and trim the ends. Blanch in boiling water for several minutes. Immerse in ice cold water to stop the cooking process, then pat dry. Place in a freezer safe container, such as a plastic freezer storage bag and freeze.
If canned asparagus is stored at a temperature of 65°F, it will last up to six months. If it is stored at a higher temperature it should be used within three months.
How to Tell If Asparagus Is Still Good
Asparagus will let you know when its quality begins to degrade. The tips are usually the first to go. They will begin to darken as their quality degrades. They will begin to feel slimy to the touch and will ultimately turn to mush.
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