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--- Quote from: artk2002 on May 03, 2013, 09:37:01 AM ---
--- Quote from: Thipu1 on May 03, 2013, 09:31:56 AM ---Here's another stupid question. 

What exactly do bay leaves add to a recipe?  The question recently came up and others have agreed that they can't taste whether the bay leaf is there or not.

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Sounds like they're using old bay leaves -- they do lose their potency. When working right, they add a subtle flavor, something reminiscent of the smell of ... bay leaves!

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And they can go old and loose their flavor pretty quick. I try to make sure to replace mine at least every 9-12  months.

When I was young, a woman who helped out my parents would nibble on a piece of by leaf to freshen her breathe.  they have a little bitter, a little bit menthol of a flavor. Break a tiny piece off and chew it a little bit. Or cook plain white rice with an added bay leaf. It'll really absorb the flavor.

There are some things that just don't taste right to me without a bay flavor added...Gumbo, Blackeyed or Purple hull peas, beef stew, and indian curries. 

If you ever run across fresh bay leaves, buy some. They are great. We have some really good Indian grocers in town and can find occasionally. I'll buy some and freeze to use later.

Re: "Warsh"

I heard it quite a bit when we lived in Illinois from people who were born and raised there.

Thanks for answers on the bay leaf question, people.  I'll have to go looking for fresh bay.  The deity knows we have places where it can be bought.

It always seemed like something to find in your food...like the baby doll in a King Cake.

Now I'm enchanted with the fresh bay leaf idea. Could my daughter get it a Penzey's for me, and then would it help if I freeze it?

I use twice as much as the recipe calls for because once the bottle is opened, it looses flavor quickly. Would it help to freeze the bottle once it is open?

Please don't tell me I can get fresh at my local grocer: I can't.

Penzey's has dried bay leaves, but they are very fresh as far as flavor. I would buy what I could use for 6 months and freeze them to keep them fresh.


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