I was pretty excited to learn this one! Asparagus is delicious but the woody bottom of the stalk can ruin a perfectly good asparagus experience. Lets face it, if you are going to spend that much money on a veggie you better enjoy every last bite! I use to tap down the stem with a knife until the knife easily cut into the stalk. But one day my uncle saw me doing that and he showed me that if you just hold the asparagus at each end and snap it that it will always snap off at the exact spot between tender and tough. So there you go simply snap your asparagus into your colander before your rinse it off and then cook it in your favorite way. I still love good old-fashioned steamed asparagus but grilled is pretty darn good too.