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Old 04-02-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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Thawing asparagus

My favorite vegetable is asparagus. I have experimented with thawing it as I find it more convenient to keep some frozen than to get fresh. It always seems to be soggy and rubbery.

I have tried thawing by steaming and I have tried moving it from the freezer to the fridge and then briefly steaming it. Same rubber both times.

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Old 04-02-2013, 08:47 PM   #2
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Not to be a wise guy, but stop freezing it. No method of thawing can reverse the damage done by freezing.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:50 PM   #3
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Are you talking frozen fresh by you, or bought frozen? I nuke it still frozen. Just a very brief minute in the MW. Maybe a drop of water, cover with plastic wrap with a corner vented.

And will go with Andy, frozen is probably best in a cooked dish.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:16 PM   #4
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I could try the microwave method.
I buy it fresh and freeze what I don't use immediately.
I don't know how else to preserve it!
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:24 PM   #5
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If you use a Foodsaver, you can snip off a corner and nuke it in the bag.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:00 PM   #6
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I will try the MW. I don't use a Foodsaver.

What about other plant life? Blueberries are expensive and rare in the winter here but when thawed blueberries are bitter.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:08 PM   #7
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Huh. I haven't had a problem with bitter blueberries, it might be regional. Some of the domestically grown ones I've found to be mushy and tasteless. The wild grown ones, it depends. You are probably better off with wild grown. If making pancakes or muffins, just throw them in frozen, without defrosting. And I find smoothies to taste much better when the berries are still frozen.
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:57 AM   #8
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I've frozen a lot of asparagus and wild blueberries. The asparagus, blanch for 1 minute, drop in an ice bath to stop the cooking, spin in a salad spinner to remove excess water, lay out on a cookie sheet and flash freeze for 30 minutes. The wild blueberries--pick over to remove any leaves, freeze, do not wash first. I usually lay the blueberries out on a cookie sheet, freeze them, and then put them in a ziplock bag. Same with the asparagus. I am counting the days until the start of wild asparagus season in MN and when I'll be there. My wish is to pee green the whole time I'm there (okay, TMI, sorry!)
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I freeze asparagus like CW and don't have a problem with it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:00 AM   #10
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It doesn't last long in my house even if I buy a lot of it.
I like to cook it up and keep it in the fridge, use it scrambled eggs, green salad, Pasta salads, antipasto, snack on it as it is.
Never has time to get to the freezer.
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