If using fresh asparagus, snap off and discard woody bases from asparagus. If desired, scrape off scales from asparagus spears. Cook asparagus, covered, in a small amount of boiling water about 10 minutes or until soft and tender; drain. If using frozen asparagus, cook according to package directions using maximum time given; drain. Carefully spread asparagus on a double layer of paper towels; drain well. Pat dry with paper towel.