How To Freeze Asparagus- The BEST Way

Country Mouse City Spouse: How To Freeze Asparagus- The BEST Way

How to Freeze Asparagus

The BEST Way

Growing up, my Grandma had an asparagus patch probably as big as a school bus, if not bigger.  It was amazing to see how all this asparagus came back each and every year.  She was so diligent and patient with it, only cutting back the best pieces, allowing the smaller stalks to go to fern (to reseed over the off-season) and caring for it.

While it was fun for us, we also learned that it was work to stay on top of things such as this.  Asparagus has a very short harvesting season here in Ohio.  Starting around mid-April and almost guaranteed to be done producing by May, you really have to be diligent to get every single stalk you can while you can.

I have a small asparagus patch here in the suburbs, which is rare (trust me, my neighbors are in awe of it) but it’s especially tricky because I am super limited on size.  My raised bed asparagus patch is only 4’x8′.  I have to be especially attentive to the patch so as not to miss any harvestable stalks.  I don’t get a lot, but I’ve learned over the years that fresh asparagus is like candy- a special treat each year for a small window of time.  The rest of the year you must deal with either frozen, canned, or pickled asparagus.

I started my yearly task of freezing asparagus, which City Spouse doesn’t even really like, so basically everything I put away is for me.  (Not that I’m complaining.)

The first task is to harvest the asparagus, and clean and wash it as usual.

Then you will cut it into smaller pieces, only for the sake of fitting into both your stockpot and your freezer bags.

How To Freeze Asparagus- The BEST Way: Country Mouse City Spouse

Fill your stockpot about 1/2 to 3/4 full of filtered water.  (If you don’t have crappy, horrible, chemically treated water, then skip this.  I, unfortunately, have to deal with city water, which is full of chloramine.)  Bring to a rolling boil.
I tried like the dickens to get you a picture of a rolling boil, but my camera kept fogging up!  Country Mouse City Spouse: How To Freeze Asparagus- The BEST Way

Place about 2 servings into the boiling water.  I usually just eyeball it, and I know what my stockpot is accustomed to.  I’m sure you know your pots and pans too, so you can just guess how much to put in that it will remain completely submerged.

Boil for 2 minutes in the stockpot, swirling around just to keep it even and so that no one floats on top the entire time getting under-blanched.
You will see it turn to a bright green color, which is exactly what you want it to do.

After 2 minutes, IMMEDIATELY dunk your asparagus into ice water.  If you skip this step, the internal heat will continue to cook your wonderful stalks and they will not reheat well.  They will be mush before you can even get them cooked through.  So remember- the ice bath is THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP!

Country Mouse City Spouse: How To Freeze Asparagus- The BEST Way

You are going to “flash freeze” the stalks before you actually permanently store them.  Place them in your freezer in a single layer for 1 to 3 hours.  You can lay them out on a cookie sheet, some wax paper, or use a kitchen towel (like I have).  Just a note on the towel method: the water from cooking will soak into the towel and freeze the stalks to the towel.  You have to be a little more gentle when removing so that you don’t break your stalks into little pieces.

Country Mouse City Spouse: How To Freeze Asparagus- The BEST Way

Once the stalks are frozen to your liking, then you can put them into your freezer bags.

I’m a FoodSaver addict (I have this model) and wouldn’t do this any other way, but if you don’t have one, just use freezer bags getting out as much air as possible.

Country Mouse City Spouse: How To Freeze Asparagus- The BEST Way

Make sure you label and date your frozen asparagus, and then enjoy it whenever you so desire.

I hope this helps you get more out of your harvest this year!!

How to Freeze Asparagus

The BEST Way

Country Mouse City Spouse: How To Freeze Asparagus- The BEST Way

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