Phoebe overviews how to blanch asparagus quickly and easily! This involves cooking asparagus in boiling water then placing in an ice bath.
Sure, there are tons of ways to cook asparagus, but the simplest and most versatile is blanching. Blanching is a cooking technique used primarily for vegetables and fruits, which is plunged into boiling water for a short period of time then plunged into cold water to shock the cooking process.
Phoebe overviews how to blanch asparagus quickly and easily! First, break stocks to find the tender portion to eat. Then place asparagus in boiling water and cook for a few minutes prior to placing in an ice bath. The ice will shock the asparagus and lock in the bright green color. Then you have beautiful asparagus that you can serve to your liking at room temperature!
Phoebe Lapine is a food and health writer, gluten-free chef, wellness personality, culinary instructor, blogger, recipe developer and speaker, born and raised in New York City, where she continues to live and eat.
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[SOUND] I'm Phoebe Lapine, and today I'm
gonna show you how to blanch asparagus.
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This is probably the quickest and
easiest way to prepare fresh asparagus.
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So asparagus has a natural breaking
point and that means it's gonna actually
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find for itself the part of the stalk
that's going to be tender enough to eat.
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So one at a time, just take them in
between your hands and snap them.
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The next step is to put the asparagus
into the boiling water.
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So make sure I have a nice even layer.
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And, we're just gonna to cook these for
a couple minutes until they turn a really,
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beautiful, bright, vibrant green.
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These are looking beautiful.
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I'm just going to take them, one by one,
plunge them into that ice bath.
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And what that's gonna do is it's going to
shock them, which it stops the cooking
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process and allows the asparagus to lock
in that beautiful, bright green color.
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Just leave them there until they come,
back down to temperature.
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Now you have beautiful asparagus that
you can top with a sauce of your choice,
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and eat at room temperature.
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This is a great, elegant, springtime dish.
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