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Does anyone peel aspargus?

We eat a lot of asparagus and I see that a lot of chefs recommend peeling it first. Is it really worth it? It seems to be a PIA the one time I tried it. I stopped after about 3.

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  1. Yup, I sure do! Hate to waste the lovely veg! I have a very nice peeler though, which may make a difference. Fits into my palm; bought it at a restaurant supply. However I could be considered and expert peler given all the vegetables I had to peel as a kid.

    1. I've done it, and I've not done it. Doesn't make that much of a difference to me taste-wise, so I've decided to stop. It's a matter of personal preference, though, because I snap each stalk at it's natural snapping point to ensure that each one is not woody after the cooking process. Try it and decide :)

        1. No. I'm a snapper not a peeler.

          1. I know a lot of people like pencil-thin asparagus. But, I always look for the fattest asparagus stalks I can find. The fatter the better. I think they have more taste. And, I always peel them. You also get more value because your not snapping off half the stalk. Besides, after they're cooked, they look good too.

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            1. re: skippy66

              I snap the asparagus at the natural point. I have asparagus growing in my garden and each year they get fatter and tastier, I may consider peeling them not to waste this delicate vegetable.