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Food glossary

Bay leaves

Bay leaves

These are the leaves of a southern European evergreen shrub Lauracea Laurus nobilis. They are an important component of a bouquet garni. Bay leaves can be purchased fresh or dried.

To flavour stock, court bouillon, marinades, soups, sauces, fish and casseroles, remove the leaves before serving. Fresh bay leaves can be used to garnish a variety of savoury dishes.

To store:
Keep dry leaves in a cool, dry cupboard away from direct sunlight. Fresh leaves can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.