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Old 09-12-2007, 02:02 PM   #1
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ISO What to do with bay leaves

Hi, all. I have a bay tree in my herb garden that is over 6 feet tall and starting to grow wide, so I'm trimming the growth on the sides. This leaves me with lots of bay leaves. Other than tomato sauce and poaching chicken for enchiladas, any ideas on what else to do with bay leaves?

Here's the tree - it's the tallest plant in the garden:


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Old 09-12-2007, 02:05 PM   #2
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I've been looking all over for one of those. Where do you get them? I can keep it indoors right?
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I've been looking all over for one of those. Where do you get them? I can keep it indoors right?

Check with a local nursery and ask for a bay laurel tree.
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I've been looking all over for one of those. Where do you get them? I can keep it indoors right?
There's a local branch of the Herb Society of America here that has an annual sale of herb plants - that's where I got mine. For the first few years, we brought it inside during the winter, and it always lost its leaves around February. We thought it was dead, but one year, we never got around the throwing it out and a couple of months later, it started sprouting leaves again. Then a few years ago, we decided to just leave it in the ground to see what would happen, and it's done better than ever. We're in zone 7, btw, so ymmv.
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Other than tomato sauce and poaching chicken for enchiladas, any ideas on what else to do with bay leaves?
I use them in soups, stews and almost anything Creole/Cajun. Also in poaching liquids for fish, and bean dishes. When I boil shrimp/crab/crawfish bay leaves are a must. Hope this helps!!


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I use them in soups, stews and almost anything Creole/Cajun. Also in poaching liquids for fish, and bean dishes. When I boil shrimp/crab/crawfish bay leaves are a must. Hope this helps!!


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Cool, thanks for the ideas
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andy's right, a bay laurel, or if it helps, laurel nobilis.

jeekinz, if you find a place that sells the, please let me know. i've been looking as well.

it's a mediterranean plant, so you'll have to treat it like any other subtropical flora. i doubt it would survive the winter outdoors in jersey.

gotgarlic, i also use bay leaves in a lot of soups and stews, and also in sausage and peppers, and in marinades for pork. goes well with garlic, cloves, and allspice.
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From George Carlin: "Put a bay leaf under each arm. It won't stop you from sweating, but you'll smell like soup!"
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I didn't know you could use them for anything other than putting them in flour to discourage weevils!
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I didn't know you could use them for anything other than putting them in flour to discourage weevils!

FM, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but if you have bugs in your flour, chances are the eggs were in the package when it left the mill.
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