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do these freeze well?

augustiner Jul 20, 2012 04:47 PM

i am making a thai-style curry and have a small bag of unused kaffir lime leaves, a stalk of lemongrass, and a galangal root. all ingredients i have little experience with, and am unlikely to use again anytime soon. i put them in the freezer and wondering if they will keep well. i'm assuming they will but it doesn't hurt to ask.

  1. weezieduzzit Jul 20, 2012 04:53 PM

    I wouldn't hesitate to freeze any of them.

    1. suzigirl Jul 20, 2012 04:55 PM

      They absolutely freeze well. And the galangal(and ginger for that matter) grates so much better frozen. I have lemongrass kaffir leaves ginger and turmeric root in my freezer

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      1. re: suzigirl
        augustiner Jul 21, 2012 01:17 PM

        thanks, good to know!

        1. re: augustiner
          suzigirl Jul 21, 2012 01:38 PM

          Just an afterthought.... the curry freezes well too. If you have extra, I put them in the containers you get take out dressings and the likes in and use a Sharpie to write on the lid.
          RC- RED CURRY
          GC- GREEN CURRY
          MC-MASSAMAN CURRY etc...
          Great help when you want a homemade curry w/o all the work. Just pop them out into the pan frozen.

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        Heuchera Aug 12, 2012 09:42 PM

        Galangal is a type of ginger, so I treat it the same as regular ginger. Just peel it and freeze. I find it grates so much easier when frozen. I haven't tried freezing lemon grass, but grew it once in a pot in my New England climate. I went on the internet and learned that if you leave it in water long enough it will sprout roots and can then be planted.
        As far as Kaffir lime leaves, I recall asking the Asian owner of his market whether he had any Kaffir lime leaves. He didn't, but he said, "Oh, we just use grated lime rind. It all tastes the same."

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          bruce3404 Aug 18, 2012 11:35 AM

          I would respectfully disagree that kaffir lime leaves taste the same as grated lime. I find the grated stuff more bitter, but I guess you could make the sub if you had to. I'd sooner sub regular lime leaves if you have access to them. Agree wholeheartedly with above posts regarding grating frozen ginger!

          1. re: bruce3404
            chefj Aug 18, 2012 11:41 AM

            I agree that the taste is not the same, but that lime zest makes a better substitute than regular lime leaves.
            I find that regular lime leaves lack the aromatic quality and are more bitter than the zest.

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