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Old 01-21-2009, 06:10 AM   #1
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Bay Leaves

I have a Bay Tree in the garden that I pick Leaves off and I normally dry them out for a few weeks before packing into a storage box... Someone was telling me the other day I can use them straight of the tree into my cooking is this true?

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Old 01-21-2009, 06:29 AM   #2
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Yes, it's true. I would not use as many dried as fresh in a dish. The fresh retain more oils so will be somewhat stronger.
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:31 AM   #3
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So you say use less Fresh then dried then
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Old 01-21-2009, 06:33 AM   #4
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Yes, that's what I would do --- At least in the beginning --- After that use as many as you like -- to taste.

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Old 01-21-2009, 09:12 AM   #6
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I pick fresh Bayberry leaves and use them as a
substitute for Bay Laurel.
I leave at the Ocean and Bayberry is abundant.
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:00 AM   #7
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I've always used fresh bay leaves at my parents' house. It's handy to just go in the garden and pick one when you need it. And I prefer the stronger flavour it gives to the dish.
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:39 AM   #8
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I was happy to find fresh bay leaves in the supermarket. I now use them exclusively.
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Old 01-21-2009, 10:43 AM   #9
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Use them straight from the tree!
My friend has a tree in her garden, for decoration only!!
I always pinch some when I visit!
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Old 01-21-2009, 12:45 PM   #10
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I try to buy fresh bay leaves whenever I can. Whole Foods is the only store here that carries them all the time. They will last in your vegetable crisper for weeks so no need to worry about spoiling. I prefer the fresh to dried.
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