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Old 09-28-2011, 05:16 AM   #1
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Lemon grass

I have a lovely bunch of lemon grass. In the past, although sold as a perenial, it doesn't overwinter. I am wondering how best to preserve it? I am bringing the small pot in, but I have some that is about 3 ft tall. I know you only use the white part, but the "fronds" have a lovely scent when fresh. Any ideas if I can dry those or toss them in the woodstove to "scent" the house?
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:05 AM   #2
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You might want to infuse it in some oil and then maybe it could be used like potpurri
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:15 AM   #3
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I've used it to make stock. When I mark it before freezing so I know it will have that distinct SE Asian flavor. Mine, potted, got so large that I finally decided to divvy it up, re-pot it, and gave it to gardening/gourmet cooking friends (I live far enough north that it won't live outside in the garden over winter, or I'd never have given it up). Now I have the best of all worlds; friends (who have better environments for winter inside gardening) who can give me lemon grass when I want it!
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Old 09-28-2011, 11:14 AM   #4
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Do you just add it to a SE Asian chicken stock? I have some chicken stock that I didn't flavor waiting for attention in the fridge...more like chicken gelatin <g>. I can make it SE Asian with some ginger, garlic, lemon grass, ... miso, ... green onion...
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I have a lovely bunch of lemon grass. In the past, although sold as a perenial, it doesn't overwinter. I am wondering how best to preserve it? I am bringing the small pot in, but I have some that is about 3 ft tall. I know you only use the white part, but the "fronds" have a lovely scent when fresh. Any ideas if I can dry those or toss them in the woodstove to "scent" the house?
I had a ginourmous lemongrass plant three years ago and I still have stalks in the freezer.

Infuse tea or lemonade or vodka with the stalk tops.
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Vodka I can do <g>. Did you just clean the ends and toss the stalks in the freezer?
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Old 09-28-2011, 06:30 PM   #7
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It can be used in vinegars too. I have a huge bunch that comes back each year. I was so sure I'd lost it last year - the worst winter we've had in ages, but it came back as good as ever.
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It freezes just fine, no worries at all.

I would make up a batch of some nice chicken stock, with lemongrass, some Kaffir lime leaf, some ginger or galangal, and just save as a nice soup/sauce base to have on hand.

I am not sure how adventurous you want to be, but it also makes some GREAT sorbets, and ice cream.
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It freezes just fine, no worries at all.

I would make up a batch of some nice chicken stock, with lemongrass, some Kaffir lime leaf, some ginger or galangal, and just save as a nice soup/sauce base to have on hand.

I am not sure how adventurous you want to be, but it also makes some GREAT sorbets, and ice cream.
Lemon grass ice cream. Now that sounds good!
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Lemon grass ice cream. Now that sounds good!
Yeah, it is amazingly refreshing, you just have to be careful so it doesn't end up tasting like Pledge, lol. Serve in a coconut tuile, and finish with a little Lime zest.

I personally prefer it as a sorbet for intermezzo, paired with something sweet and spicy, like a slice of candied jalapeno. Great contrast, cooling, cleaning, and wakes the palate back up.
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