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Put your asparagus upright in a couple of inches of water. It will stay fresher several days longer than conventional methods.
Source: Williams Sonoma cooking class
Asparagus is best kept out of the refrigerator in a container of water. Just like a flower arrangement. This keeps them fresh longer and reminds you to use them before they go soggy.
Source: Cooking show and my own experience.
By Sheila from Ontario, Canada
Choose firm straight stalks with firm tips. Avoid stalks that are too thin (1/8 inch) or thick (1/2 in). Wrap the base of stalk with wet paper towels and place into a tight container.
My favorite way to store asparagus is to wrap the root ends of the asparagus with wet paper towels. Do not wet the asparagus, it must be dry. Rubber band or tie the asparagus in a bunch or bunches. Wrap the ends with a wet paper towel, about a quarter of the way.
Carefully so you don't break the fragile tips, place in a plastic bag. Lightly squeeze out the air and use a twist tie to seal the bag. I use the same produce bag that was used from the grocery bag. Lay flat in the refrigerator.
Depending on the quality of the paper towel, you may need to use two. This method will keep it from drying out. The asparagus will keep for as long as a week and a bit more.
By it's.only.me from NE PA / USA
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Select tomatoes that are firm, glossy, and plump. Avoid those that are diseased, soft, bruised, cracked, or otherwise damaged. Purchase tomatoes at various stages of ripeness, then use the ripest tomatoes first.