Asparagus is such a lovely addition to a meal. I especially love it drizzled with lemon butter and served with Salmon — mmm. I love to can asparagus, but sometimes the speed and ease of freezing it takes precedence. Here, we are teaching you how to freeze asparagus.
Freezing asparagus is such an easy process. All you have to do is cut off the woody ends and then blanch the trimmed asparagus spears. Do this by either boiling or steaming the asparagus spears for 2 minutes. We used a pasta pot with a strainer for this step.
Freezing Asparagus Spears Separately
I really prefer to freeze the asparagus in a manner that ensures my ability to use individual spears later. Do this by placing the spears on a cookie sheet and freezing them before placing them in the storage bags.
After the asparagus spears are frozen, I place them in a freezer bag and remove as much air as possible. I then label the storage bag with the date and contents. Labeling contents may seem funny, but after it has been in the freezer for a while you may forget what it is. Then I lay the bag as flat as possible in the freezer. If I have prepared multiple bags I stack them together. I do this because I prefer to store like produce together in the same area of my freezer.
Trust me, this tip is useful or later you’ll be frustrated as you dig for that last bag of frozen asparagus that you are sure is here somewhere.
Tip When Opting Not to Freeze separately
Alternatively, you can place the asparagus spears directly in the freezer bag after blanching. If you do this be aware that they will/might stick together. If you decide to go this route, try Emmaline’s trick of patting the asparagus as dry as possible with a clean towel first.