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Oil Preserved Asparagus

May 30th, 2019

Last fall I purchased the book ‘Preserving Italy’ and spotted the recipe for asparagus preserved in oil. Fast forward to last week when the asparagus was coming on strong and I finally had enough to give the recipe a try. The asparagus is lightly pickled by being blanched in vinegar/water for 2 minutes. Then it’s dried, put in a jar, then topped up with olive oil.

It’s still mellowing in the fridge, but I’m looking forward to trying it. There’s a similar recipe in ‘River Cottage Preserves’ only the asparagus is roasted first. I may give that recipe a try this weekend to compare which one is best. I like that both of these recipes aren’t the traditionally fully pickled asparagus like so many are.

Are you an asparagus fan? Do you preserve any for the off season?

2 Comments to “Oil Preserved Asparagus”
  1. Whit on May 30, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    That was one of the reasons for buying this place…established asparagus beds. I am having a hard time controlling the grass from growing in it though. When it isn’t taken over by grass or beetle, i freeze spears for winter fritatas. Might have to try the oil next year!

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  2. Grannie M on May 31, 2019 at 8:33 am

    How long will the asparagus keep in oil? I am guessing that you can then use the oil too in cooking and it will carry some of the flavor.

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