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Preparing and cooking green asparagus
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Technique: Preparing and cooking green asparagus

Discover this technique which is taken from our latest book In the Kitchen with Le Cordon Bleu.

To successfully prepare and cook green asparagus, follow the Le Cordon Bleu Chefs technique!

prepare asparagus 1. Snap off the pale woody ends of the asparagus, discard. Rinse the asparagus under cold water. Carefully peel away the rough skin from the bottom half of the spears with a vegetable peeler.
technique to prepare asparagus 2. Trim away the spiky leaves from the flower ends of the spears with the tip of a small knife. (If you only want the asparagus tips, cut them now).
asparagus preparation 3. Tie the asparagus into small bundles.
Asparagus cooking technique 4. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the asparagus for 3 - 6 minutes (depending on size) until tender/al dente.
how to cook asparagus 5. Transfer the asparagus to cold water immediately in order to maintain their green color.
White asparagus...
White asparagus must be peeled before cooking (from the middle downwards, using a vegetable peeler). The cooking time of white asparagus is twice as long as that of green asparagus.
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