How to Choose, Store and Cook Healthy Asparagus: Advice from Vladimir Yaroslavsky
Asparagus is a very useful, valuable, and tasty product, which contains a lot of antioxidants that prevent early aging. It is worth noting that asparagus is also a low-calorie and easily digestible vegetable, and it is very rich in folic acid, which helps in the fight against birth defects in children, fatigue, and heart disease. It can be eaten raw as well as boiled, cooked in a pan, and baked with cheese.
Culinarian Vladimir Yaroslavsky shared useful tips on Instagram on how to properly cook asparagus.
How to choose asparagus
The cook advises using shorter and thicker shoots for cooking, and thinner ones for salads and to eat raw. It is very important that the shoots be fresh and firm.
How to store properly
The best place is the refrigerator. Asparagus should be wrapped in a damp towel in a plastic bag, so you can store up to 5-7 days.
How to properly peel
Wash the asparagus first and then peel it.
The cook pointed out that you need to use your fingernail to check 1-2 sprouts for skin tightness, starting from the lower third. When the fingernail easily breaks through the top film, it is no longer necessary to cut it off. Asparagus is best peeled with a vegetable peeler, gently and shallowly removing only the top hard film. Be sure to cut off the bottom of the asparagus.
How to slice asparagus
Slices are fine for raw asparagus salad, while rings, flat bars, or slanted cuts are fine for pan cooking.
How to boil it properly?
Bring water to a boil, salt, place asparagus, and cook for 2-3 minutes from the boil. After taking them out of the boiling water, immediately transfer them to water with ice. This is to stop asparagus cooking, otherwise, it will overcook.
Asparagus cooked can be added to salads or quickly fried in olive oil or butter, or asparagus can be baked very well with cottage cheese or Hollandaise sauce and sprinkled with cheese.
Don't be afraid to eat raw asparagus, especially purple as it tastes almost like young green peas and is very healthy!
Also, OBOZREVATEL reported what to make from young cabbage for an easy dinner.