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Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: March 04, 2019 11:41AM
I snap them off. Peeling takes too much time. Also, I peeled them once and the texture was tough in places.
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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: jardster
Date: March 04, 2019 11:47AM
Snap.



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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 04, 2019 11:56AM
....snap is the 'regular' way that most people do it......snap here......don't forget air freshener in the bathroom for after.....when you pee.....



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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: March 04, 2019 12:12PM
Snap. Didn't know peeling was a think.

How do you cook it? We grill it almost every time.




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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: March 04, 2019 12:31PM
Huh ? cut off if tough, otherwise they get cooked (and eaten) along with the rest.
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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: March 04, 2019 12:38PM
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M A V I C
Snap. Didn't know peeling was a think.

How do you cook it? We grill it almost every time.

Jacques Pepin is a peeler. I sauté them in bacon grease and butter.
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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 04, 2019 12:39PM
......peeling takes too long and can be messy.....nature has built-in method.....it snaps at the point where it is no longer 'hard' so you only get the soft part.....



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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: voodoopenguin
Date: March 04, 2019 12:47PM
These days we mostly have asparagus in the asparagus season and fortunately we have many asparagus growers within a few miles so we buy and eat the same day they were picked. Boiled for the appropriate time and eaten just with butter and it's finger food. Messy and glorious. No need to cut the ends off as you hold it there and eat down to where it gets tougher.

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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 04, 2019 01:33PM
....stay away from snapping butts.....would invoke the #metoo........



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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 04, 2019 02:05PM
Snap.



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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: jdc
Date: March 04, 2019 02:12PM
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M A V I C
Snap. Didn't know peeling was a think.

How do you cook it? We grill it almost every time.

We bake in olive oil, on foil with pepper and coarse salt. yum.



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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: March 04, 2019 02:18PM
We're lazy, pretty much just feel a few, line 'em all up, then take an 8" or 10" chef's knife to all the asparbutts at once. Then we steam 'em, and if we're cooking something else that meal on the stovetop grill, we'll grill 'em a little bit, too. If we weren't lazy, we'd snap 'em.
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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: March 04, 2019 02:43PM
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Buzz
We're lazy, pretty much just feel a few, line 'em all up, then take an 8" or 10" chef's knife to all the asparbutts at once. Then we steam 'em, and if we're cooking something else that meal on the stovetop grill, we'll grill 'em a little bit, too. If we weren't lazy, we'd snap 'em.
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Snapping is easier than lining up and cutting. And it breaks them right in the place where God intended.
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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 04, 2019 02:44PM
.....asparagus......what is the a...peel......??



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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: March 04, 2019 04:58PM
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jdc
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M A V I C
Snap. Didn't know peeling was a think.

How do you cook it? We grill it almost every time.

We bake in olive oil, on foil with pepper and coarse salt. yum.

We do this, but no foil and on the grill.
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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: March 04, 2019 05:27PM
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Buzz
We're lazy, pretty much just feel a few, line 'em all up, then take an 8" or 10" chef's knife to all the asparbutts at once. Then we steam 'em, and if we're cooking something else that meal on the stovetop grill, we'll grill 'em a little bit, too. If we weren't lazy, we'd snap 'em.
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Snapping is easier than lining up and cutting. And it breaks them right in the place where God intended.

We do a whole bunch at a time... it's hard to snap more than a few at once, at least for us. If I had my druthers, individually snapped would be preferred.
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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: dochocson
Date: March 04, 2019 05:31PM
Snap. Usually can do a few at at a time.
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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: March 04, 2019 06:17PM
cut @ a slight angle & refrigerate over-night sitting in some lime juice.
Next day steamed & drizzled with olive oil...
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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: March 04, 2019 07:01PM
....oh, snap.....!!



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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: March 04, 2019 10:10PM
I rarely peel but it works well if I'm using lemon juice.

I used to snap the ends off but I discovered I was throwing away plenty of good asparagus. The idea that it snaps where it should is easily disproven if you snap a stalk and then snap it again. I just cut off about where it looks right and I know from the sound and resistance if I need to trim a little more.

Asparagus is fine raw -- peel it into long planks and put it in a salad if you don't believe me. Anyhow, when you cut the end off, go ahead and cut yourself a little coin off and try it if you're worried it's too woody. You may find you really like raw asparagus.

I have asparagus in my garden so that's my favorite. But it also means I don't ever buy skinny asparagus. That's not baby asparagus. That's not how it grows. Baby asparagus is short. The spears emerge at their determined thickness, which doesn't change. They grow in length, not cross section. After you harvest, you get a second go, sometimes a third, but it's that skinny spindly stuff, which grows slowly and it's a race to grab it before it bolts, which is one reason it can be pretty tough. The other is, each spear has its sheath of fibers, and that's true regardless of how thick it is. The skinny stuff, they have the same number of fibers in the sheath, but they're crammed into a smaller space. So it's all fiber, and yet you can't peel it.

The best asparagus doesn't have to be super fat spears, because that can be a little tricky to cook right. Medium to fat is best. What really matters is, nice compact heads with no signs of bolting or mush, and ends that aren't all dried out.



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Re: Cooks, do you snap off asparagus butts or peel them?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: March 04, 2019 11:31PM
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M A V I C
Snap. Didn't know peeling was a think.

How do you cook it? We grill it almost every time.

We bake in olive oil, on foil with pepper and coarse salt. yum.

That's how I do it, too. Very tasty that way. Peeling takes off too much of the stalk imo, although I am a Jacques devotee and his methods are meticulous.
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