Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Baskets are Better: Especially When Cooking Asparagus

Sometimes, with some recipes you just need to blanch a bit of asparagus. And with the shape asparagus are, it can be a pain to fit them in a pot.  Large pot? Takes up so much stove top space it's a pain. They don't fit into a small pot unless you're going to cut them in half. What's a girl to do?

Well. That's when you get yourself the handy dandy All Clad Asparagus pot.

No. Seriously. There is such a thing.

asparagus pot

Some time ago, the lovely and generous folks over at All Clad offered to send me one of these things, and I admit at first I thought the very idea of an asparagus pot was kinda silly. That is, until I tried one.

The last time I blanched asparagus I was fishing it out of the water with tongs (have you ever tried to do this? It's a pain. Literally. I burned myself.) and cursing the tiny spears that kept getting away from me. Now with THIS, you just grab the handle, plop it into the boiling water, and bring it out. The mesh keeps the asparagus contained in the basket, and voila! I think you could also blanch whole carrots (as in the photo) or use the pot to do 2 ears of corn, even.I'd try all different kinds of veggies in this, solely based on that basket and that I can pull them out when I need to. It's awesome. Now for the photo I would've had asparagus in that pot but the pesky little guys were being difficult and so I needed to use carrots instead  (read: they went all wilted and carrots looked nicer).

inside the pot
Inside view

It should be noted that All Clad didn't pay me for this post. They just sent me the pot to try out and see what I thought. I think it's pretty handy little gadget, and it's slim design means it's not taking up a lot of space in your cupboard. It's also very heavy and well made. I quite like it and if you blanch lots of veggies, I think it would really come in handy.

Sure beats fishing asparagus out of water with tongs, I tell ya. If you blanch things so you can freeze them, then this is a must have, I think.

Do you have a must have pot or pan in your kitchen?

PS... I know, comments still are glitchy or non-existent at this point. I'm working on that.
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