According to About.com, whole asparagus spears should be blanched for two to five minutes, depending on the stalks' thickness. Martha Stewart recommends blanching asparagus for three minutes.Continue Reading
Asparagus is blanched in well-salted, rapidly boiling water. Removing the asparagus from the boiling water and plunging it into cold water stops the cooking process. About.com recommends cooling the spears for the same amount of time they were blanched. Blanched asparagus may be eaten as is or frozen and reheated.
Asparagus is prepared for cooking by bending the stalks until they snap apart where the tough, woody part turns tender. Martha Stewart recommends peeling the lower two-thirds of each stalk. The asparagus should be washed before cooking.Learn more about Vegetables
Brussels sprouts, which hail from the cabbage family, form compact rows on large, woody stalks. When sprouts are harvested individually, the plants continue to produce more sprouts throughout the growing season. Some producers harvest entire stalks and then cut each stalk in half for ease of storage and shipping.Full Answer >
Fresh asparagus spears should be steamed for three to five minutes or until they reach the desired tenderness. Personal preferences and the width of the individual spears impact the steaming time.Full Answer >
When zucchini is cut into ¼-inch slices, it is baked until tender for 30 to 35 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. When prepared in the oven, zucchini is often covered with breadcrumbs, spices and Parmesan cheese.Full Answer >
It generally takes between five and 10 minutes to boil Brussels sprouts, depending on factors such as the size of the vegetables, the amount of water in the pot and the heat settings on the stove top. The best way to tell when Brussels sprouts are thoroughly cooked through is to make sure that a knife inserted into the sprouts slides in easily.Full Answer >