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Old 04-13-2009, 01:49 AM   #1
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Asparagus Debacle

I had all the components ready for a fabulous asparagus salad ready today... toasted walnuts, boiled egg whites and egg yolks, feta cheese, and vinaigrette made with scallions, white wine vinegar and walnut oil.... then I cooked the asparagus - and in only 4 minutes the veg had cooked to a pulpy mess. I have cooked asparagus many, many times and have never had this happen. It looked fresh enough, though the tips were a little droopier than I would have liked, but it went from that to a slimy mess in 4 minutes. Can you ken it?

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I had all the components ready for a fabulous asparagus salad ready today... toasted walnuts, boiled egg whites and egg yolks, feta cheese, and vinaigrette made with scallions, white wine vinegar and walnut oil.... then I cooked the asparagus - and in only 4 minutes the veg had cooked to a pulpy mess. I have cooked asparagus many, many times and have never had this happen. It looked fresh enough, though the tips were a little droopier than I would have liked, but it went from that to a slimy mess in 4 minutes. Can you ken it?

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Old 04-13-2009, 02:18 AM   #3
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also ??????????? on KEN
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Thats real Scottish talk for 'understand'......lolol. So #1 must be a wee Scots lass??
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Thats real Scottish talk for 'understand'......lolol. So #1 must be a wee Scots lass??
aha thank you for the 411.
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I had all the components ready for a fabulous asparagus salad ready today... toasted walnuts, boiled egg whites and egg yolks, feta cheese, and vinaigrette made with scallions, white wine vinegar and walnut oil.... then I cooked the asparagus - and in only 4 minutes the veg had cooked to a pulpy mess. I have cooked asparagus many, many times and have never had this happen. It looked fresh enough, though the tips were a little droopier than I would have liked, but it went from that to a slimy mess in 4 minutes. Can you ken it?
were they fresh? if so did you store them in the back of the frig? i ask because some parts of the back of my shelves freeze things, which is cool for beverages (i took out an up-rite soda and it had ice in it like a slushy), but not so good for veggies. i cooked my fresh asparagus for 7 minutes and it was perfect. sorry i can't be of more help.
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Old 04-13-2009, 09:28 AM   #7
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4 minutes seems like a very long time to cook fresh asparagus.

I cook mine for a minute, maybe.
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4 minutes seems like a very long time to cook fresh asparagus.

I cook mine for a minute, maybe.
really? i simmer mine 7 minutes and they are bright and crisp.



but these were the thick ones. the really thin ones i simmer about 3 mintutes.
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4 minutes seems like a very long time to cook fresh asparagus.

I cook mine for a minute, maybe.
Yes, it depends on the size of the spears and the use, I think. I usually roast asparagus for about 7 minutes and steam it for 4 minutes or under. The 4-minute timer hadn't sounded... it seemed that I turned my back and the stuff went all slimy and mushy - not just a little overcooked, but completely unusable. It wasn't frozen, even a little bit. It's a mystery.
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If you put your asparagus in a glass of water like a bouquet of posies, it will not get limp like that.
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