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More About Bay Leaves

A bay leaf is a fragrant leaf from a laurel tree that is used as an herb. Bay leaves can be used fresh or dried, dried bay leaves tend to have a slightly stronger flavour.
Bay leaves can be used in many types of cuisines. Most often, recipes call for dried bay leaves. While the flavour results of fresh vs. dried bay leaves are not that different, fresh bay leaves are often much more expensive and do not last as long as dried ones.
Bay leaves are not generally eaten but are rather simmered in a sauce or included in a braising liquid, and then removed before serving. A bay leaf is sometimes ground into a powder and used almost like a spice.

Storing and Buying Bay Leaves

Fresh bay leaves can be stored in a sealed zip top bag and stored in the refrigerator. They can last for a week or two this way. Dried bay leaves can be stored in a cool, dry, and dark spice cabinet in a sealed container. Another option is to store the sealed, dried bay leaves in the freezer. This helps the bay leaf retain its flavour and floral potency.
Bay leaves can be purchased in most major grocery stores. Fresh bay leaves may be more difficult to find, but they are usually grouped with the fresh herbs in the produce aisle of the grocery store. Dried bay leaves come in a spice jar and can be found in the spice aisle of your grocery store.

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Storing and Buying Bay Leaves

Fresh bay leaves can be stored in a sealed zip top bag and stored in the refrigerator. They can last for a week or two this way. Dried bay leaves can be stored in a cool, dry, and dark spice cabinet in a sealed container. Another option is to store the sealed, dried bay leaves in the freezer. This helps the bay leaf retain its flavour and floral potency.
Bay leaves can be purchased in most major grocery stores. Fresh bay leaves may be more difficult to find, but they are usually grouped with the fresh herbs in the produce aisle of the grocery store. Dried bay leaves come in a spice jar and can be found in the spice aisle of your grocery store.