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Does anyone know where to buy fresh bay leaves in Manhattan?

And I was wondering how to keep them? Can they be frozen?

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  1. maybe Kalustyan's
    123 Lexington Ave
    New York, NY 10016

    Store Hours:
    Mon - Sat 10am-8pm EST
    Sun/Holiday 11am-7pm EST

    TEL : 212-685-3451
    FAX : 212-683-8458


    1. Kalustyan did have them today. They were next to the curry leaves in the refrigerated case on the lower level (the relatively new room), just to the left as you go down the couple of steps to that room. If fresh bay leaves behave anything like fresh curry leaves, they will lose some flavor on being frozen and will get a bit water-logged but will be usable in liquidy dishes.

      123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

      1. I see these sometimes at my local Associated along with all the other packaged herbs. I want to say I've seen them at Fairway as well.

        1. I bought some yesterday at the awful Key Foods on Ave. A.

          1. Re: storage. They can last a fairly long time in the fridge if you can keep them humid without staying wet. I've kept them for a couple of weeks wrapped loosely in paper towelling and then a plastic bag.

            Some aromatic leaves freeze better than they dry, but I'm not sure there's any advantage to freezing rather than drying bay leaves. I guess you don't have much to lose by trying it, though. Like Thai lime and curry leaves, they may turn dark brown in the freezer but you generally remove them before serving anyway, so that's no big deal.

            As the other posts suggest, they're not uncommon around here these days even in ordinary supermarkets let alone places like Fairway, Gourmet Garage, Whole Foods, Garden of Eden, etc. (During the warm months, you can usually find bay laurel plants at Union Square, too.)

            1. Eataly has them, prepackaged into 4-5 oz size containers, for $2. At least they did yesterday. Looked like a ton of bay leaves for $2.

              200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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              1. re: kathryn

                Thank you for the helpful replies. I really must get down to Eataly! I have been lucky with my lime leaves. I have found my Kiffer lime leaves stayed nice and green in my freezer.

                200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

              2. I've seen them at Citarella from time to time.

                1. The Manhattan Fruit Exchange in the Chelsea Market has them! Along with a lot of other amazing things like fresh curry leaves and very inexpensive spices. 75 9th ave b/w 15th & 16th

                  1. Manhattan Fruit Exchange in Chelsea Market. About a buck. Call first because even if it's not displayed out on the shelf they probably have it in the back.