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Keeping Asparagus Fresh

Every spring, I have the urge to buy asparagus by the armful. Invariably, I end up buying more than I can use. Watching it wither in the fridge breaks my heart every time. But recently I learned a few new tricks for extending the life of this lovely spring ingredient, which is best when served at peak freshness.

To store, simply place a wet paper towel over the ends and place in the refrigerator. To extend its life, cut or snap about 1/2 an inch from the bottom ends, place in a container standing upright in about an inch of water (like a bouquet!), and cover the whole thing loosely with plastic wrap.

I learned these tips from Food Editor Ann Taylor Pittman, who shares other great tips on choosing, storing, and preparing asparagus in this video. Check it out and enjoy one of the season's best foods!