How to Select Parsnips
- Choose parsnips that are firm and free of soft spots.
- Parsnips can grow to be quite large. These larger parsnips tend to have a woody, bitter core so choose ones that are small to medium in size.
- Look for parsnips with even coloring. Avoid ones with dark spots, which can indicate decay.
- If the tops are still attached, look for tops that are fresh (as opposed to wilted) and vibrant green.
How to Store Parsnips
- Parsnips do not need to be eaten right away. They can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
- Remove tops before storing parsnips. Left attached, they can draw moisture out of the parsnip.
- Store parsnips unwashed and loosely wrapped in a plastic bag. Place in your vegetable crisper.
- Cooked parsnips can be stored for 2-3 days in the refrigerator.
- Parsnips can also be frozen. To freeze, wash and peel your parsnips. Then dice into 1-inch cubes and blanch for 2 minutes. Cool cubes immediately in ice water. Drain well and then place in freezer bags for up to 10 months.
How to Serve Parsnips
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