How I Trim Asparagus.

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I’ve read about several ways on how to trim asparagus. In some recipes you are advised to cut an inch from the tough end, but then you still have to make sure you peel it, as the woody part might be longer than an inch. Other recipes show you how easy it is to just bend and snap! You bend the asparagus spear, and it breaks just where the woody part ends and the tender part of the asparagus begins. Quick and efficient! I personally think this method is such a waste of asparagus! I understand it’s quick and easy, and yes, it breaks at the right spot, but then you end up with only half of the spear! I don’t mind spending more time on trimming it, but I know I will end up with nice, long stalks.

Here is my method. I wash my asparagus, then peel off the skin from the bottom third of each asparagus spear, or even less.

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After that I bend and snap. And it’s usually no more than an inch that goes to waste. P1170410

Once trimmed, you can use your beautiful spears in any asparagus recipe. My family loves this vegetable, and I like to cook with it. Check out my Asparagus Tart recipe, or Asparagus and Tomatoes with Balsamic Vinegar recipe.

What is your favorite way to trim it? I would love it if you shared your way in the comments.

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