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Storing Lemongrass

yumyum Jan 8, 2007 04:31 PM

Even in a major metropolitan area, it can be hard to find nice fresh lemongrass when you need a stalk or two for a recipe. I usually end up with dried out old sticks that have limited lemongrass essence. The other day I stumbled across a nice fresh bunch and was wondering if there's a way to store it so that I can use it over time ... either by freezing, whole or chopped up, or holding in the fridge?

Any ideas for keeping lemongrass fresh and ready for use?

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    kayonyc RE: yumyum Jan 8, 2007 04:36 PM

    I've found some dried lemongrass in the spice section of an international themed market before and also found a brined bottled version of cut up lemongrass. Maybe you could make your own brine, in salt, sugar and water or vinegar and store in fridge?

    1. yumyum RE: yumyum Jan 8, 2007 05:02 PM

      I've tried the dried and it's just not even close. So, yeah, any ideas for brining and storing or freezing? Wonder if you could chop it up and freeze it in ice cube trays like basil?

      1. Aromatherapy RE: yumyum Jan 8, 2007 09:37 PM

        I asked the Yang family at the Union Sq. farmers market and they said they freeze it. So I chopped & froze, just in a heavy-duty zipper baggie. So far so good.

        1. C. Hamster RE: yumyum Jan 8, 2007 09:44 PM

          I have never understood the ice cube tray thing. I just freeze things in freezer bags with the air squeezed out. I grow lemongrass in the summer so I usually end up with a lot in my freezer. Not entirely as good as fresh but close -- much closer than dried which to me resembles sawdust.

          I freeze herbs, peppers, wine -- just about anything that's about to go bad.

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