Kitchen Tip: Keep Asparagus Fresh Longer

I’m checking in really fast today with a super simple tip that I kind of thought everyone knew (maybe you do??); I’m sharing it because I was storing my asparagus this way last week when my friend was over, opened my fridge, and said “What?? How come you never told me I should keep my asparagus like that?” and told me I better share with the world or else.

So here you go.

Kitchen Tip: Keep Asparagus Fresh Longer

If you have a bundle of asparagus and want to keep it fresh for a long time, leave the rubber band on, pop it into a quart-sized (wide-mouth works best) or appropriately-sized jar or other container and fill about a third of the way with cool water. Place the entire thing in the refrigerator and prepare to be amazed when next week (and maybe even the week after) your asparagus is still crisp and delicious. This is the only way I store my asparagus unless I’m planning on using it in, like, 5 seconds. You can cover the top with plastic wrap or a clear plastic bag to keep out odors or unwanted crumbs, although I’m sure your fridge is spotless and you probably don’t need to worry about either (mine, on the other hand…).

I’ve kept it in a jar likeย this for up to two weeks and I always want to smother it with kisses when it emerges fresh as the day I bought it.

Kitchen Tip: Keep Asparagus Fresh Longer

26 Responses to Kitchen Tip: How to Keep Asparagus Fresh for a Long Time

  1. Helen Robles says:

    I like to cut off about an inch or so of core of lettuce greens like romaine and place in a bowl of water for a few hours then dry it off with a terry cloth towel and store in a large plastic bag. It really perks up and adds many days to it.

  2. Heather says:

    We just bought a giant bag at Costco and I remembered your post on here and I’m about to do this right now so we don’t have to throw more than half of it away like last time! Thanks for the tip!

  3. Tyler says:

    And if you ever get limp, flimsy broccoli, just cut of a bit of the stem, place it in some cold water in a cup and you’ll have super firm, crisp broccoli again.

  4. Laurie says:

    I store cilantro the exact same way, which is perfect for always having some around for making salsa or adding to a dinner. Glad to know it works with asparagus too!

  5. Emma says:


  6. Jan C. says:

    This is great info! Now I won’t hesitate to buy asparagus again!

  7. Tanya W says:

    I was going to mention that the top shelf should be avoided because the water sometimes freezes and I have noticed I don’t get the desired results if it is too cold.

  8. Ah! Asparagus usually doesn’t see much fridge time in our house, but there was that one time a bunch hid in the back of my fridge. Prepping it in a jar of water would keep it in good eye sight too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Elsie Perez says:

    I so needed to know this!!!!!!!! I am so happy!

  10. Cindi says:

    This is how I store asparagus. Do you have any tips on storing cleaned lettuce for salads? I like to clean it ahead so it’s ready to go. But after a day or two it starts turning brown…yuck!

    Cindi =^..^=

    • Mel says:

      I usually wash the lettuce (the whole head of romaine or green or whatever) and then try to dry as much as possible – then wrap in paper towels and store in a resealable bag. It seems to last longer that way.

  11. Elizabeth W says:

    Thank you for sharing this! The only economical way to buy food here on Kauai is to buy everything at Costco ( the price difference is huge here!) so I have a hard time using my asparagus up before it goes bad. I’m sure this will help so much!

  12. Jill says:

    this works for cilantro too! Put in a glass jar, with an inch or so of water, and a plastic bag over the top. Lasts weeks instead of days!

  13. Nicole Hunn says:

    I honestly never thought of this, Mel. I just took the asparagus in my crisper and put it in a water bath. Hope it’s not too late. Great tip!! :-*

  14. Thanks for this tip! I always want to stock up when asparagus goes down to $2/pound, but I know I’ll never use it on time. And then two days later it’s $5/pound…

    • Liz says:

      What Leah said! Asparagus has been at a good price lately and I love it and have been dreading the week I walk in the store and find the price doubled. As I read the post, I wondered about broccolini so thanks to the above commenter Rachel!

  15. Stacy says:

    No. Way.

  16. Nancy Robinson says:

    Yes, I also do this…and with parsley and cilantro as well. Every couple days or so, I replace the water, give the lower stems a really good rinse, and do a new thin slice off the bottom. I like to place a thin plastic bag loosely over the top, I think it helps slow down evaporation from the greens. I pretty much treat fresh cut flowers the same way–replacing the water, rinsing the stems, and doing a fresh cut. Seems to make them last longer than the preservative stuff that comes with them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Kim in MD says:

    It’s great that you are sharing this tip, Mel! I’ve been storing asparagus like this for years, and it really does keep it fresh for a few weeks.

    • Kim in MD says:

      Oh- and scallions keep well stored this way, too! Cover the jar with a plastic bag and store in the fridge. They will stay fresh for a week or more!

  18. Rachel says:

    Works great for Broccolini as well.

  19. Kira says:

    You’re so right; this works wonderfully. We too have been doing this, and keeping asparagus fresh for two weeks! Ever chopped up your celery into sticks, then wrapped in foil? It will stay crisp a lot longer too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Alicia says:

    Umm, what?? I had no clue. Now I feel the need to go buy asparagus just so I can put it in a mason jar in my fridge. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the tip!

  21. Sheila says:

    Oh, I never knew this! Thank you for all the good ideas and tips you pass along. I recently purchased quart jars from making your delicious homemade yogurt.

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