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Untrimmed asparagus

greygarious | | Mar 12, 2010 03:54 PM

I bought some pencil-thin asparagus which I planned to snap before steaming. After picking up the first 2 spears to find that the bases weren't hard enough to readily snap, I threw caution to the winds and just cut off the bottom eighth inch from the whole bunch, to remove anything that might be truly tough. After steaming, I was pleased to find that with the exception of 3 or 4 spears out of a couple of dozen, the entire spears were tender enough to eat. The finger-thick ones certainly need at least SOME trimming, if not peeling, but I'll no longer trim thinner stalks unless I am planning on making vegetable stock.

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