Freezing grilled asparagus is a great alternative to steaming and I use this method often. Flavoring the asparagus prior to freezing saves me a step later and the grilled asparagus adds a wonderful layer of flavor to many of my pure food recipes.
If you are in need of a recipe, check out Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Zest and Olive Oil for starters. No matter what recipe you end up using, be sure to reduce cooking time by 2 – 3 minutes. The aim is to partially cook the asparagus until just beginning to get tender. Be sure to get your grill hot for a nice char on those veggies.
- 1 1/2 to 2 lbs Asparagus
- 2 tbsp Olive oil
- Sea salt, to taste
- Heat grill on highest setting.
- Rinse asparagus well and *snap (or cut) off tough bottom end *see note #1
- Pat asparagus dry
- Place on baking sheet or in rectangular pan.
- Pour olive oil, lemon zest and sea salt on top. Mix well.
- Place asparagus on heated grill with tongs and turn frequently until lightly charred and crisp tender just starting to soften. (about 3-5 minutes depending on the circumference of the asparagus)
- Remove from heat.
- Place asparagus on baking sheet spread out without touching and put into the coldest part of the refrigerator.
- Chill for at least 1 hour.
- Remove from refrigerator and place into coldest part of freezer.
- Freeze completely.
- Gently remove from baking sheet to prevent breakage and place into a heavy duty freezer bag, removing as much air as possible while sealing, or use vacuum sealer.
- Label and date.
- Heavy duty freezer bag is approximately 6-9 months
- Vacuum Sealer is approximately 1 year
- #1 Usually the toughest part of the asparagus is at the bottom thicker end. To remove, hold stalk firmly by its middle with one hand and grasp the end of the stalk with the other. Pull, in opposite directions with a quick movement to snap off the end. The break usually occurs where the stalk is toughest, leaving only the tender part of the stalk behind.
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