|peeling asparagus stalks|
|peeled and cut asparagus|
I was not sure if this post "How to Prepare Fresh Asparagus Stalks for Eating" was even necessary. However, I have seen too many people just trim off as much as 2 inches off the base of the asparagus stalks. They clump the stalks together and slice several inches off no matter how tender or tough the bases are. I think this is a huge waste. I also have seen the other extreme where people just don't trim off anything. If the asparagus stalks are young and tender that would not be an issue. However, this is not always the case.
If you want to maximize your asparagus stalks for eating then here is a simple solution. Peel about 1 1/2 to 2 inches at the base and trim off the woody end. You will know if the base is too woody because you will have a hard time cutting into it. This process will yield more tender and tasty asparagus and will help it cook faster.