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  1. #1
    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Fresh Bay Leaves

    I've never seen fresh bay leaf, but my wife saw it used on a TV show.
    I quick search revealed a couple of sources I ordered my through
    www.localharvest.org

    They came in the mail today. Wow, unlike the dried ones, they have
    aroma. Later this week beef stew will be on the menu to try them out.
    Local Harvest takes your order and sends it to the particular farm
    that sells that product. They wee $12 delivered, came on the branch
    and accompanied by a note, a nice touch. This came directly from
    Schmidt Road Ranch in CA.

  2. #2
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Fresh Bay Leaves

    On Mon, 01 Oct 2012 23:23:16 -0400, Ed Pawlowski wrote:

    > I've never seen fresh bay leaf, but my wife saw it used on a TV show.
    > I quick search revealed a couple of sources I ordered my through
    > www.localharvest.org
    >
    > They came in the mail today. Wow, unlike the dried ones, they have
    > aroma. Later this week beef stew will be on the menu to try them out.
    > Local Harvest takes your order and sends it to the particular farm
    > that sells that product. They wee $12 delivered, came on the branch
    > and accompanied by a note, a nice touch. This came directly from
    > Schmidt Road Ranch in CA.


    We have a store here that sells them. They're $45/lb which comes out
    to about $.45 for 12-15 of them.

    -sw

  3. #3
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Fresh Bay Leaves


    "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > I've never seen fresh bay leaf, but my wife saw it used on a TV show.
    > I quick search revealed a couple of sources I ordered my through
    > www.localharvest.org
    >
    > They came in the mail today. Wow, unlike the dried ones, they have
    > aroma. Later this week beef stew will be on the menu to try them out.
    > Local Harvest takes your order and sends it to the particular farm
    > that sells that product. They wee $12 delivered, came on the branch
    > and accompanied by a note, a nice touch. This came directly from
    > Schmidt Road Ranch in CA.


    I saw them somewhere in CA, growing. Smelled divine!



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    Polly Esther Guest

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    "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]..
    >> I've never seen fresh bay leaf, but my wife saw it used on a TV show.
    >> I quick search revealed a couple of sources I ordered my through
    >> www.localharvest.org
    >>
    >> They came in the mail today. Wow, unlike the dried ones, they have
    >> aroma. Later this week beef stew will be on the menu to try them out.
    >> Local Harvest takes your order and sends it to the particular farm
    >> that sells that product. They wee $12 delivered, came on the branch
    >> and accompanied by a note, a nice touch. This came directly from
    >> Schmidt Road Ranch in CA.

    >
    > I saw them somewhere in CA, growing. Smelled divine!
    >There's probably a cooking trick to using fresh bay leaves. Since dried
    >are so powerful, I wonder if fresh is even more so - or less? Polly




  5. #5
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Fresh Bay Leaves

    On Tue, 02 Oct 2012 07:43:43 +0300, Bob O'Dyne wrote:

    > On Mon, 1 Oct 2012 22:47:00 -0500, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> We have a store here that sells them. They're $45/lb which comes out
    >> to about $.45 for 12-15 of them.

    >
    > $45/lb!? And we're surrounded by trees full of them here. The bay
    > laurel is a actually bit of a weed: the berries will sprout and take
    > root wherever they land.


    Hey, don't yell at me! Go yell at Ed - he's the one that paid $8
    (plus $4 shipping) for them! ;-)

    (And I bet he didn't get a quarter pound!)

    -sw

  6. #6
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Fresh Bay Leaves

    On Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:34:20 -0500, Polly Esther wrote:

    > I wonder if fresh is even more so - or less? Polly


    Fresh are MUCH more powerful than dried. My a magnitude of 10-20.

    -sw

  7. #7
    Julie Bove Guest

    Default Re: Fresh Bay Leaves


    "Polly Esther" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
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    > "Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:k4don8$bj9$[email protected]..
    >>
    >> "Ed Pawlowski" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]..
    >>> I've never seen fresh bay leaf, but my wife saw it used on a TV show.
    >>> I quick search revealed a couple of sources I ordered my through
    >>> www.localharvest.org
    >>>
    >>> They came in the mail today. Wow, unlike the dried ones, they have
    >>> aroma. Later this week beef stew will be on the menu to try them out.
    >>> Local Harvest takes your order and sends it to the particular farm
    >>> that sells that product. They wee $12 delivered, came on the branch
    >>> and accompanied by a note, a nice touch. This came directly from
    >>> Schmidt Road Ranch in CA.

    >>
    >> I saw them somewhere in CA, growing. Smelled divine!
    >>There's probably a cooking trick to using fresh bay leaves. Since dried
    >>are so powerful, I wonder if fresh is even more so - or less? Polly


    Well, other herbs are less powerful when fresh and you need to use more of
    them.



  8. #8
    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Default Re: Fresh Bay Leaves

    On Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:56:25 -0500, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Tue, 02 Oct 2012 07:43:43 +0300, Bob O'Dyne wrote:
    >
    >> On Mon, 1 Oct 2012 22:47:00 -0500, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> We have a store here that sells them. They're $45/lb which comes out
    >>> to about $.45 for 12-15 of them.

    >>
    >> $45/lb!? And we're surrounded by trees full of them here. The bay
    >> laurel is a actually bit of a weed: the berries will sprout and take
    >> root wherever they land.

    >
    >Hey, don't yell at me! Go yell at Ed - he's the one that paid $8
    >(plus $4 shipping) for them! ;-)
    >
    >(And I bet he didn't get a quarter pound!)
    >
    >-sw



    About 100 leaves. None growing around here that I'm aware of.

  9. #9
    The Cook Guest

    Default Re: Fresh Bay Leaves

    On Mon, 01 Oct 2012 23:23:16 -0400, Ed Pawlowski <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I've never seen fresh bay leaf, but my wife saw it used on a TV show.
    >I quick search revealed a couple of sources I ordered my through
    >www.localharvest.org
    >
    >They came in the mail today. Wow, unlike the dried ones, they have
    >aroma. Later this week beef stew will be on the menu to try them out.
    >Local Harvest takes your order and sends it to the particular farm
    >that sells that product. They wee $12 delivered, came on the branch
    >and accompanied by a note, a nice touch. This came directly from
    >Schmidt Road Ranch in CA.

    --
    Susan N.

    "Moral indignation is in most cases two percent moral,
    48 percent indignation, and 50 percent envy."
    Vittorio De Sica, Italian movie director (1901-1974)

  10. #10
    Boron Elgar Guest

    Default Re: Fresh Bay Leaves

    On Mon, 01 Oct 2012 23:23:16 -0400, Ed Pawlowski <[email protected]> wrote:

    >I've never seen fresh bay leaf, but my wife saw it used on a TV show.
    >I quick search revealed a couple of sources I ordered my through
    >www.localharvest.org
    >
    >They came in the mail today. Wow, unlike the dried ones, they have
    >aroma. Later this week beef stew will be on the menu to try them out.
    >Local Harvest takes your order and sends it to the particular farm
    >that sells that product. They wee $12 delivered, came on the branch
    >and accompanied by a note, a nice touch. This came directly from
    >Schmidt Road Ranch in CA.



    Buy a bay plant. You can get one for less than what you spent on those
    leaves. If you live in a less than friendly climate, as I do,
    overwinter it inside in a sunny window.

    The only difficulty with them is they are scale magnets. I am in the
    process of getting rid of the scale before I bring my two plants
    indoors for the season.

    Boron

  11. #11
    Gary Guest

    Default Re: Fresh Bay Leaves

    Ed Pawlowski wrote:
    >
    > On Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:56:25 -0500, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >On Tue, 02 Oct 2012 07:43:43 +0300, Bob O'Dyne wrote:
    > >
    > >> On Mon, 1 Oct 2012 22:47:00 -0500, Sqwertz <[email protected]>
    > >> wrote:
    > >>
    > >>> We have a store here that sells them. They're $45/lb which comes out
    > >>> to about $.45 for 12-15 of them.
    > >>
    > >> $45/lb!? And we're surrounded by trees full of them here. The bay
    > >> laurel is a actually bit of a weed: the berries will sprout and take
    > >> root wherever they land.

    > >
    > >Hey, don't yell at me! Go yell at Ed - he's the one that paid $8
    > >(plus $4 shipping) for them! ;-)
    > >
    > >(And I bet he didn't get a quarter pound!)
    > >
    > >-sw

    >
    > About 100 leaves. None growing around here that I'm aware of.


    Steve lives in Austin, I think? That climate would support them. Suggest he
    buy one from a nursery and plant it.....bay leaves all year long. Doesn't
    need to be a tall tree either as long as you crop it each year, turn it into
    a bush.

    As far as flavor, I disagree about fresh being more potent than dried.
    Recently *dried* bay leaves have more flavor than fresh. Grocery store
    dried bay leaves are too old.

    I get them fresh nearby here. I'll use them fresh but I also like to dry
    them (merely in gas oven with pilot light). The flavor does enhance after
    drying but it doesn't last forever.

    G.

  12. #12
    George M. Middius Guest

    Default Re: Fresh Bay Leaves

    Ed Pawlowski wrote:

    > I've never seen fresh bay leaf, but my wife saw it used on a TV show.
    > I quick search revealed a couple of sources I ordered my through
    > www.localharvest.org


    Fresh bay leaves are in supermarkets around here, but good luck trying
    to find fennel seeds.



  13. #13
    Sqwertz Guest

    Default Re: Fresh Bay Leaves

    On Mon, 1 Oct 2012 23:03:17 -0700, Julie Bove wrote:

    > Well, other herbs are less powerful when fresh and you need to use more of
    > them.


    You and Gary are both very wrong when it comes to bay leaves.

    -sw

  14. #14
    Chemo Guest

    Default Re: Fresh Bay Leaves

    On Oct 1, 8:23*pm, Ed Pawlowski <e...@snet.net> wrote:
    > I've never seen fresh bay leaf, but my wife saw it used on a TV show.
    > I quick search revealed a couple of sources * I ordered my throughwww.localharvest.org
    >
    > They came in the mail today. *Wow, unlike the dried ones, they have
    > aroma. *Later this week beef stew will be on the menu to try them out.
    > Local Harvest takes your order and sends it to the particular farm
    > that sells that product. *They wee $12 delivered, came on the branch
    > and accompanied by a note, a nice touch. *This came directly from
    > Schmidt Road Ranch in CA.


    Can't you grow your own? We do and have a huge plant...about 2 feet
    tall.

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