freezing curry leaves
- jeff Aug 4, 2005 01:41 PM
Whats the best way to freeze curry leaves and how long will they keep?
I'm not sure if this is the best way, but here's how I do it: I let the leaves remain on the stem, wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap and then place that package in a ziplock bag, squeezing out as much of the air as possible. They last months at a time this way without much of a drop in quality.
Yeah, definitely- the ziplock method will last a while in the freezer. Again, I'm not sure if that is the best way, but it has worked for me.
When I first started to use curry leaves it was somewhere around '93 or so, and I had to buy them frozen in a celophane envelope sealed with staples. Now I can get them fresh pretty easily, but it seems like a waste to discard what I don't use in a timely manner. So- what the heck, frozen leaves weren't so bad back then- I started experimenting with methods, and this has worked best for me so far. Freezer burn, or ice crystals on the leaves, seems to be the main culpret; it turns the leaves a brownish black color with an odd aroma. Avoid that and the leaves maintain themselves fairly well.