Test Kitchen Tip
Storing Fresh Asparagus
Asparagus is easy to keep for an extended period if you do these three things: keep the tops dry, the stem ends wet, and stand the bundle upright in the fridge.
Here’s what to do: First, fold a paper towel into a square, moisten it with cold water, and wrap it over the cut ends of a bunch of asparagus. Place the bundle in a plastic bag and tie it closed. (If the asparagus is too long for the bag, trim the stems a bit). Finally, stand the bag upright in a glass in the refrigerator.
Re-moisten the towel every couple of days to keep the stems wet. Wash the spears only before cooking them—otherwise they could turn slimy.