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Young soft bay leaves is it worth freezing them?

B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 23,616
My bay tree needs a prune. 
I was wondering if it's worth freezing some of the young shoots as they would be soft enough to eat or shall I continue to pick the mature ones as and when and discard after cooking?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 6,196
    You could dry them? Easy to do and then you have the option of crumbling them or using them as for the older leaves
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  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 23,616
    Thanks raisingirl. It's a big bush/tree so I don't need to dry them. It just seems a waste to throw them on the compost heap.
    Perhaps I'll leave them at the front gate and see if anyone wants them

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    ... the dried bay leaves also smell nice when you burn them on a bbq or in a fire (like sage). I like to put them on the wood stove.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 8,598
    I use some in the smoker when I'm smoking fish. I keep some dried just for that.

    Apparently frozen bay keeps its flavour better than dried but fresh is best if you have a bush in the garden.
    Some people bring joy wherever they go. Others, whenever they go. - Mark Twain.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    The smell of fresh bay leaves off the bush, is one of the finest smells in the world.
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