Is there a significant difference if using fresh bay leaves instead of dry?

  • Posted by: Mollyh
  • October 16, 2013
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pierino October 16, 2013
First, if using fresh, be sure you are using bay laurel---European type. California bay leaves have a rather overpowering scent that is almost like eucalyptus. And yes, fresh leaves off the tree will import a stronger flavor but there's nothing wrong with using dried ones out of a jar if that's what you have.
 
creamtea October 16, 2013
Absolutely. In my opinion, the best way to use fresh bay is for recipes like rice pilaf that require you to saute ingredients like onions, garlic or shallots. They add a fragrant, rounded herbal flavor and scent that is worlds apart from the dried version.
 
Midge October 16, 2013
I've got a bay tree and sub fresh leaves all the time for dry. Haven't noticed much a difference.
 
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