■ Refrigerate fresh asparagus for up to 5 days.
Stand stalks in 1 inch of water like a flower bouquet and cover with a plastic bag. OR
Wrap cut ends in a damp paper towel and cover the towel with plastic.
■ Wash under cool running water just before using. Remove tough ends:
Hold an end of the stalk in each hand and gently bend. OR
Less waste: cut off and discard the bottom inch of the stalks, then peel tougher base ends.