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Asparagus, can you freeze it?

juliejulez Feb 6, 2013 03:39 PM

Silly question probably, but can you freeze asparagus and have it come out OK? One of my stores has it on sale for $1.49/lb which is crazy good for this time of year, so it'd be nice to buy a few bundles and save some for later.

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  1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: juliejulez Feb 6, 2013 03:51 PM

    Absoultely, blanch them first and put them in plastic bags (not zip lock) suck the air out of the bag, tie off and freeze for a good year or more. It starts to get cheap around now through Easter. This time of the year it usually comes from Chile or southern Mexico.

    1. jmcarthur8 RE: juliejulez Feb 6, 2013 03:51 PM

      Yes! Just blanch it for a sec and bag it up. We do 10 pounds when the price goes crazy cheap. It tastes like freshly steamed asparagus when you cook it later.
      I use my FoodSaver to seal it up good.

      1. juliejulez RE: juliejulez Feb 6, 2013 04:06 PM

        Thanks. How long do you blanch for? Last time I tried to blanch broccoli then freeze it turned out sort of bad, but I think I blanched too long.

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          sandylc RE: juliejulez Feb 6, 2013 07:15 PM

          I'd give it one to two minutes, then do an ice water bath. Dry it thoroughly and suck all of the air out of the bags with a straw.

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            juliejulez RE: sandylc Feb 6, 2013 10:04 PM

            OK cool, thanks :) I'm going to buy a few bundles as asparagus is our favorite veggie but it's often too expensive for my budget.

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              jmcarthur8 RE: juliejulez Feb 7, 2013 03:56 AM

              Julie, just a quick minute will be enough. And as sandy said, chill it to stop the cooking.
              I'm going to check my local stores and see if it's a good price here, too. When we lived in Indiana near some asparagus growers, we could get it at roadside stands for 88 cents per pound. Those were the days!

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                juliejulez RE: jmcarthur8 Feb 7, 2013 09:14 AM

                If you have Sprouts in your area, that's where it's on sale for $1.49/lb. It's usually $5.99/lb in my normal grocery store.

                Side note, I also noticed they have navel oranges... 3lbs for $1!

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                  jmcarthur8 RE: juliejulez Feb 7, 2013 04:07 PM

                  We have Publix, Kroger and Ingle's here, so I'll check there soon as I can. Oh, and there's a small chain called Food Depot that has the best deals on produce. They shop the big farm market in Atlanta every morning and bring back cases of whatever's cheap that day.

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