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How to Trim Asparagus

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Start With Fresh Asparagus
How to Trim Asparagus

Fresh Asparagus

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Snapping is a quick and easy way to get asparagus ready to cook. While peeling asparagus yields a more elegant presentation as well as more edible asparagus, snapping is faster.

No matter which method you use, be sure to start with fresh asparagus. Look for firm spears with ends that aren't too dried out and tight, compact heads. As with almost all vegetables, look for asparagus that feels heavy for its size to avoid ending up with dried out or flavorless asparagus.

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