How To Trim Asparagus {The Mountain Kitchen Tips

How To Trim Asparagus {The Mountain Kitchen Tips

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Did you know that asparagus can tell you where they want to be trimmed? Well, they can! How to trim asparagus is really simple. Let me show you how!

But first, I have a confession to make before we start trimming asparagus. I once tried asparagus from a can (sigh).

If you love canned asparagus, by all means, be my guest. In my opinion, canned asparagus was probably one of the worst foods I have ever put into my mouth! Fortunately, I like to try new things. I tried asparagus again cooked fresh and from that day on, asparagus has become part of my go-to side dishes.

There seems to be a lot of question about trimming asparagus and prepping them for cooking. The ends of the stalks can be very tough and woody. They should be removed, but how? The asparagus cans tell you!

Let’s trim asparagus!

stalks of clean untrimmed asparagus

How To Trim Asparagus

First, take one stalk of asparagus. Place the ends between your thumb and forefinger of each hand. Then bend until it breaks.

breaking one stalk

The asparagus automatically breaks where the woody part ends and the fresh, juicy asparagus begins. So you don’t need to worry about breaking off too much or too little.

broken asparagus

All the asparagus in the bunch will not break in the same place, so that is why laying them on a cutting board and cutting the ends off with a knife is not a good way to take off the ends. Breaking a single stalk of asparagus from a bunch can give you an idea of where each may break, so that is why I recommend breaking one asparagus stalk first.

To speed up the process, I recommend taking three to four stalks of asparagus at a time. Hold them loosely and allow them to flex and break where they want to break.

breaking a few asparagus with hands
broken asparagus with hands

If you have never tried this method of trimming asparagus you should definitely give this method and recipes a try.

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How To Trim Asparagus {The Mountain Kitchen Tips

Did you know that asparagus can tell you where they want to be trimmed? Well, they can! How to trim asparagus is really simple. Let me show you how!
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword asparagus
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 23kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus

Instructions

  • First, take one stalk of asparagus. Place the ends between your thumb and forefinger of each hand. Then bend until it breaks.
    The asparagus automatically breaks where the woody part ends and the fresh, juicy asparagus begins. So you don’t need to worry about breaking off too much or too little.
  • All the asparagus in the bunch will not break in the same place, so that is why laying them on a cutting board and cutting the ends off with a knife is not a good way to take off the ends. Breaking a single stalk of asparagus from a bunch can give you an idea of where each may break, so that is why I recommend breaking one asparagus stalk first.
    To speed up the process, I recommend taking three to four stalks of asparagus at a time. Hold them loosely and allow them to flex and break where they want to break.

Nutrition

Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 857IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg
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  • FYI Asparagus this time of the year comes from South America and is not that great. Try and hold out until March when only buy the produce grown in America…it has much more flavor than the bland stuff from down south. I grill mine with crushed garlic, olive oil, slat and pepper. It really is an earthy food when bought fresh.

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