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#1 Tue 01 May 07 4:15pm

gramma julie

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From Southwestern Ontario
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Fresh Bay Leaves - how to?

Purchased a package of fresh bay leaves yesterday and now am wondering how to store them, how long will they stay good, etc.? I've never had fresh before, only dry.

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#2 Tue 01 May 07 6:55pm

mummza

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Re: Fresh Bay Leaves - how to?

Fresh Bay Leaves will start to dryout very quickly after they have been picked.
I have never tried it but why don't you put them in the fridge salad tray to help slow down the drying process.
I am very lucky ,I am able to pick fresh bay leaves as I need them as I have a bay tree growing in a very large pot by my frount door.

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#3 Tue 01 May 07 10:10pm

French_vanilla

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Re: Fresh Bay Leaves - how to?

Hi Julie/Mummza,

Dad has a bay tree as well in the back garden so when I go over, I always bring back loads of bay leaves but I let them dry first... (they go dry quite fast you're right...).... then again, mum puts them on one of the shelves in the laundry room... with the heater next to them!

French_vanilla

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#4 Wed 02 May 07 7:04am

gramma julie

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From Southwestern Ontario
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Re: Fresh Bay Leaves - how to?

Looks like I'll have to lay them on a tray and let them dry, and then store them. Thanks Mummza and French_vanilla. I wished I could have a bay tree in our patio.

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#5 Wed 02 May 07 9:39am

GeoffP

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Re: Fresh Bay Leaves - how to?

Why not plant a bay tree? We have one in a large pot that lives outside in summer. and in the porch in winter. They are quite hardy, evergreen, small and decorative (a friend uses a bay tree instead of a Christmas tree smile

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#6 Wed 02 May 07 9:43am

LadyRed

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From Vienna, Austria
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Re: Fresh Bay Leaves - how to?

Best option is probably to get a bay tree. I've got a small one on the windowsill which grows like mad.

Before I had that I often got a big bag of fresh ones from a friend when she pruned  hers. I found freezing them works fine and I like the taste better then the dried ones.

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#7 Wed 02 May 07 11:07am

The White Rabbit

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Re: Fresh Bay Leaves - how to?

freeze them, i have a number of them frozen in zip lock bags.

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#8 Wed 02 May 07 3:53pm

gramma julie

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From Southwestern Ontario
Member since Fri 16 Jul 04

Re: Fresh Bay Leaves - how to?

We'll be visiting a lot of garden centres in the next few weeks as our weather is getting warm now and time for planting annuals. I'm going to look in to getting a bay tree that can be outside in the summer and come in for the winter. Didn't know how big they are, but if you have one on your windowsill LadyRed, I'm going to try and get one. smile

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#9 Wed 02 May 07 4:09pm

GeoffP

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Re: Fresh Bay Leaves - how to?

Mines currently about 3 ft high - we've had it for 2 years.

If you pick your leaves carefully, and prune occasionally, it can go quite bushy but remain small. If you leave it unpruned, it will grow into a large tree.

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#10 Wed 02 May 07 5:38pm

LadyRed

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Re: Fresh Bay Leaves - how to?

Mine is about  40 cm high and very bushy, but I prune it regularly. It likes it's warm spot on the southfacing window  big_smile

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