Freezing Asparagus for the Winter!
You can pickle or can asparagus for the winter, but I am much much too lazy for such things.Â I'll freeze asparagus as it takes next to no effort.
Wash as much asparagus as you plan on freezing.
Snap off the bottoms of each stalk
Get a big pot of water on the boil
Blanch (boil for 2 minutes) asparagus in one pound batches.
Once blanched, scoop out asparagus from the boiling water with a metal sieve and dump it into a sink of cold water to stop the cooking process.
Remove the asparagus from the cold water and lay it out on tea towels on your counter to dry.
Repeat with as much asparagus as you would like to have in your freezer for the winter.
Once the spears on your counter top are dryish, pack them up in freezer safe containers or bags in sizes appropriate for your family.
Chuck them into the freezer to use all winter long!!
Now what about those stems that you snapped off?Â You can use those too of course!
Wash the snapped off ends very well.
Sautee in a big sauce pan with garlic and some shallot
Add water or vegetable stock to cover.Â Simmer until the stems are mushy.Â Â Let cool and strain/sieve out the stringy asparagus bits.Â Place in a freezer safe container and pop in your freezer for soup making all winter long!