Bay leaves...Fresh or dried.


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Hey guys, have a bay tree that requires a good pruning.
Is there any advantage to drying out the leaves?
I normally just use them fresh.
Is there a difference in taste from fresh to dry?
Thanks.
 
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I find they are much better fresh and as they are there throughout the year, you may as well pick them as you need them. They do taste far better straight from plant to pan.
 
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I find they are much better fresh and as they are there throughout the year, you may as well pick them as you need them. They do taste far better straight from plant to pan.
Thanks Jan.
Yeah i thought as much.
Didn't want to waste them if i didn't have too.
 
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Oh, to have a bay tree in need of pruning--some folks have all the luck! :D
We have a bay in a large pot so it can spend the winter in the barn. I like to use the leaves fresh, but I do dry some for long-cooking stews and soups.
Enjoy your bay both ways, and think of those less fortunate while you are pruning . . . .
 

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