How to Prepare Asparagus
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When I first started cooking with asparagus, I made the noob cook’s mistake of using them right away after rinsing. As a result, the stalk was almost indigestible & inedible. I later found out that I was missing an important step in the preparation of asparagus prior to cooking – which is to remove the fibrous skin on the stalk without which the asparagus will taste woody and indigestible. No matter which type of asparagus (pencil-thin or thick stalks; green or white) or cooking method (roasting, stir-frying or blanching), your asparagus will taste much better from this additional preparation step prior to usage. Here is a simple, step-by-step photos tutorial on how to prep asparagus before cooking.
Thanks for sharing! By the way, do you know how to prepare celery? I tried removing the fibrous skin but it’s not as straightforward as asparagus due to the groves. I love celery but somehow couldn’t get it right, like those served in restaurants, very tender.
Thanks in advance!
hi Meg, sorry pardon me but i thought celery is supposed to eat crunchy?
My dad taught me to break into half and you can pull off some skin from there.
hope wiffy can provide another method too :)
Hi Meg, sorry I’m not so sure about celery. The skin do not bother me as much as asparagus do. I usually just slice them halfway lengthwise and slice thinly for stir-fries.
For celery – I usually use vegetable peeler to peel the outer skin off like what wiffy did for the asparagus.
thanks leemei, I’ll try it out ;)
Asparagus is just the best. Peeled and then roasted or steamed, it’s hard to beat!
oops, and i have always thought it is because i never stir fry them long enough! now i know.
I do the same way like you too.
Surprisingly those Western country that can get fresh asparagus does not need this steps. They cook it directly.
Will this step affect a lot in the vitamins/fibre that we take in with the asparagus?Cause people also consume vegetables for the sake of the fibre/vitamins it provide.
if the woody outer skin do not bother you at all (it bother me a lot because it is almost indigestible), then you don’t have to do this step. I think there is still fibre left on the stalk, and as for vitamins, not overcooking the veggies is crucial too :)
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