Here are some things you need to know about asparagus.

The first thing to know about storing asparagus is that you really should be prepared to use your asparagus within a few days of picking or purchase.

The best way to store asparagus to place the asparagus, bottom ends down and standing up, in a pitcher filled about 2 inches with water. Replenish the water as necessary. This will keep the asparagus fresh for a few days.

Another way to store asparagus is to wrap the bottom ends of the asparagus in wet paper towels, and then place them in a plastic bag. Store in the refrigerator.

Preparing the Asparagus for Cooking
When you are ready to use your asparagus in a recipe, you will need to snap the asparagus stalks to get rid of the tough part of the bottom base of the stalk. The way to do this is to hold a stalk of asparagus with one hand at each end. You then bend the asparagus until it snaps in two. It will automatically break at the correct point.