Are you able to find fresh bay leaves where you are? Do they really make a difference?

Are you able to find fresh bay leaves where you are? Do they really make a difference? Also where are you finding them, if you don't live in a warm climate? Whole Foods only had dried.

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i grow them. i don't use them enough to know the difference

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Fresh bay is quicker but you also gotta pull it earlier

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      No you add it later. Terrible advice btw.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That's the same thing

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          cooklet detected

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    ever drink bay leaves from a shoe

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I don't think it's a big deal, dried bay leaves are so strong that most people use only a few for a whole meal. Can't say I've tried fresh ones though.

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Fresh bay is much more fragant and aromatic.

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes. Yes. Literally every supermarket in my area that isn't a bargain store or discounter.
    >Whole Foods only had dried.
    lolwut
    If fricking ShopRite, Hannaford/Food Lion/Giant and Acme/Safeway all have fresh fricking laurels/bay leaves, then Whole Foods does, too.
    >tfw Delaware is now a subtropical paradise because OP can't find laurels
    lmao

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What if you didn't live within 100 miles of a major port?

      >But I did eat breakfast this morning

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I've seen the fresh shit in fricking Pittsburgh, FOHWTBS

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Bay leaves do literally nothing
    Biggest scam ever

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      their taste is just very subtle, that's why i use it for rice

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >subtle
        Fricking wut.
        They have an extremely strong flavour. Trying buying ones that were picked and packaged in this decade, homie.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This. It is a memeleaf and adds nothing, but morons will love to be condescending about it and lie to themselves to feel superior.
      If someone gives me a recipe and a bay leaf if one of the ingredients, I know with confidence that person is a certifiable moron.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        They give a sort of vegetal/fir like fragrance just fix your pallet bro

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i bought a bay plant like a year ago and keep it in my kitchen. shit doesn't die even if i forget to water it for two weeks.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Pics, please? I can't imagine growing one in a pot so I'm very curious to see, if you wouldn't mind.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Not that guy but my mother does the same but in a larger pot outside and inside during winter.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I guess I misworded. My mother kept one, too, in a frickhugic pot outside. But dude said he kept it inside, strongly implying a much smaller pot. I'd like to see this smaller pot of laurels.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        not home at the moment but i just bought one like this from a garden center
        changed its pot once but it just seems to stay alive.

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Neat! Thanks for posting something.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah in my garden. I can even harvest during winter

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    in the bay

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >warm climate?
    you don't need it, i'm in northen Italy and i have a bay tree in my garden.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm in central Germany and it even works here. Shit is getting huge

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Alright let's settle it. On the left we have organic dried store-brought bay leaf, on the left we have freshly picked bay leaves from the tree in my garden. Let the comparison begin:

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      First, smell.

      A similar amount was crushed up and smelled. The dried bay had very little smell at all! Perhaps a very mild hint of old citrus and a bitter tone. The fresh smelled fantastic - a very citrusy fresh floral "essential oil" type smell.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Next I cut up the same amount to do a brew test

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          5 minutes in hot (but not boiling water, left to steep). A comparison between the colour of the tea shows little difference, perhaps the fresh being slightly more 'yellow' if I squint a bit.

          The flavour differences between the taste of the tea were HUGE though. The fresh leaf tea being just a liquid version of the smell - a prominent, pleasant floral citrusy "herbal" drink. Notes of rosemary, thyme, lemons, essential oils. Very refreshing and I actually drank the cup.

          The dried however? The overall flavour was less prominent, but the flavour itself was different - little to no floral or aromatic notes, with a prominent almost bitter "stale lemon" flavour after being swallowed, with little prominent flavour beforehand. It wasn't particularly pleasant.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Conclusion: we have a clear winner. Fresh Bay!

            Although I do think dried bay leaves could add a subtle background "bitter citrus" note to a soup or stew, I'd imagine you'd be better off just adding a partial lemon, especially to avoid the almost "stale" taste. It's hard to describe as it's not actually stale its like a muted, dead leaf (duh) type of flavour. The fresh is great however, giving a complex aromatic herbal/citrus flavour notes that goes beyond just what a lemon would add to a dish. Good enough to just drink as a tea as well, which I may end up doing again.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Neat, thanks for sharing. Is the one growing in your garden Laurus nobilis or some other species of bay leaf?

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    why do they need to be fresh?
    are you making bay leaves irish cream?

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