Asparagus: Weighing In

One bunch of asparagus weighs about 1 lb (500 g). There are 16 to 20 spears in a pound, yielding 2 1/2 cups cooked. Calculate 4 to 6 spears per person as a serving.

Asparagus: Size Counts

Some cooks prefer large asparagus spears but these tend to be somewhat stringy and usually require peeling. Thin and medium-sized spears don’t require peeling. Try to buy spears that are all the same thickness so that they will cook evenly.

Asparagus Grilling Tip

If grilling asparagus spears on an outdoor grill, lay them crosswise to prevent them from falling through the cracks or place them in a grill basket.

Sugar Cookie Storage

Place cookies on a rack to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. They keep for several weeks, or freeze 1 to 2 months.