How To Puree Asparagus
According to the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board, asparagus is one of the most nutritious vegetables and a great way to introduce your baby to the taste of green vegetables. The puree can also be used as a base for soups, dips, stews, sauces, and gravies. Read on for detailed steps on how to puree asparagus…
Principle behind Asparagus Puree
Asparagus should be boiled to soften it so that blending becomes easier. Asparagus is a hard vegetable and has to be cooked and softened.
Steps to Puree Asparagus
- Get fresh asparagus from the market.
- Wash them well under cool running water. Then, snap them or cut them to get the tender parts of the vegetable.
- The asparagus spear and stalk can now be cut into pieces of 1-inch length.
- Boiling – Take a medium pot and fill it with water. Bring the water to boil and then add the asparagus pieces. Let cook for about 8 to 10 minutes over high heat. Asparagus is cooked when it easily mashes with a spoon.
- Steaming – Place asparagus pieces in a vegetable steamer and place this over a pot of boiling water. Steam cook covered for about 10 minutes.
- Sautéing – In a saucepan, take some cooking oil and sauté the asparagus pieces until they begin to brown at the edges.
- Transfer cooked asparagus into a blender and add some water to it. A teaspoon of lemon juice can also be added if desired. Blend for about 4 minutes to get a smooth, green colored puree.
Make sure that asparagus is not overcooked since this can cause loss of flavor and color of puree. Cooking water can be added to adjust consistency of the paste. A little bit of extra water might be required if puree is being made for being added to sauces or soups. Watch the video for more information on how to puree asparagus and include it in various recipes.
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