Avoid These Common Mistakes and Take Your Asparagus to the Next Level

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Asparagus is one of those veggies that can take every meal to the next level if prepared the right way. You don’t have to be an expert to cook it, but it takes some time to master your recipe, and you’ll get there much faster if you avoid making these common mistakes.

Perfect Pick

Not all asparagus stalks are created equal, and you’ll have a tough time cooking them to perfection if you don’t know the difference between them. Thin stalks are best kept for dishes where it’s practically impossible to overcook them, while thick and woody ones are the perfect pick for roasting and grilling.

Avoding Overcooking

Speaking of overcooking your asparagus, this is the most common mistake that people make with this veggie. Picking the stalks of the right thickness isn’t the only way to avoid this issue—you can also blanch your asparagus and shock it in cold water. Taking it off the stove or out of the oven a minute earlier is also much better than doing it a minute later.

No Waste

Asparagus comes with so many healthy properties that it would be a huge waste to throw some of the eatable parts away. You can cut the woody parts with a knife instead of snapping them to avoid waste, and skip peeling the rest since it’s completely unnecessary.