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ASPARAGUS - FRESH, RAW

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3-4 days
Freezer
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12-18 months

Tips

  • How long does raw asparagus last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - after purchasing, keep asparagus refrigerated at all times.
  • To maximize the shelf life of raw asparagus, wrap bottom of asparagus stalks in damp paper towel, then refrigerate in an unsealed plastic bag.
  • Properly stored, raw asparagus will usually keep well for about 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • How long does asparagus last in the fridge once it has been cooked? Cooked asparagus will usually stay good for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator and 10 to 12 months in the freezer.
  • Can you freeze asparagus? Yes, to freeze: (1) Wash thoroughly and trim stalks by removing scales with a sharp knife; (2) Cut asparagus into even-sized pieces; (3) Blanch (plunge into boiling water) for three minutes and chill quickly in ice cold water; (4) Drain off excess moisture, package in airtight containers or freezer bags and freeze immediately.
  • How long does asparagus last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 12 to 18 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - asparagus that has been kept constantly frozen at 0? will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if asparagus is bad or spoiled? Asparagus that is spoiling will typically become soft and discolored and the tips will start to darken; discard any asparagus that has an off smell or appearance.

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