Sunday Savers – Save Your Asparagus Spears

August 15th, 2010

Asparagus is something I love to eat/hate to buy. It ends up stinking up the fridge because it goes bad in about 45 minutes. Those soft, mushy heads are foul…blech…(insert gag reflex).

I recently learned that because they’re actually flower buds, treat them as such and you’ll prolong their tastiness. Here’s a quick anti-mush tip for those spears:

  • Cut a quarter to half inch off the bottom of the spears.
  • Place them standing up in a half-full glass of water.
  • Place in the fridge and they’ll stay fresh for up to five days.

If you’re lucky, someone might notice that you have this pathetic looking bouquet in the fridge, feel sorry for you and buy you a real bouquet of something. Like broccoli.

Editor’s Note: You learn the craziest things. For instance, I learned that although it was once thought that only some people’s pee smelled after eating asparagus, it turns out in fact everyone’s does but not everyone has the ability to smell it. Apparently, only about 22% of the population have the genes required to smell asparagus pee. Never thought I would be so happy to be a minority!

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