We love it in tarts, served with a side of eggs and thrown on top of pizza (yes, really), but sometimes our affinity for asparagus can cause us to grab too many bunches at the market or grocery store. If you find yourself in a similar predicament, don’t sweat it. Savor the flavor of all that seasonal goodness by adding them to your freezer.
Freezing asparagus is easy—all you need to do is blanch the spears first and then store them properly. With just a few simple steps, you’ll always have delicious produce on hand that can be tossed into soups, casseroles, quiches, sauces and dips. But one thing to keep in mind is that while freezing will retain all that wonderful flavor, the texture might be a little softer than what you’re used to. In other words, the frozen stuff won’t have the same snap as fresh stems. So you know, maybe don’t use them in a crunchy salad. But in anything cooked? Definitely. Here’s how to freeze asparagus in five easy steps.