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Saving lemongrass

dimsumgirl Oct 21, 2012 10:01 AM

So it's starting to get cold here in Northern California. We are expecting our first rainy day tomorrow.

I have lots of fresh lemongrass growing in the garden but I doubt it will survive the cold weather. I'm thinking I need to cut down the plants but how do I preserve the lemongrass? Dry it? Freeze it? All suggestions are welcome. Thank you.

  1. sbp Oct 21, 2012 10:09 AM

    Freezes great. Peel off outer layers first. You don't need to defrost to use. Just shave off slices with a very sharp knife. Shavings defrost almost immediately, and melt into the dish.

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    1. re: sbp
      ChiliDude Oct 21, 2012 10:34 AM

      Thanks for the info, sbp. I also like lemongrass, but I don't grow it. I buy it in markets, often more than I need at any one time.

    2. k
      karykat Oct 21, 2012 12:07 PM

      I buy lemongrass from Hmong women at our farmers market. They all say you can freeze it too.

      I just bought a bunch to freeze for the winter.

      1. weezieduzzit Oct 21, 2012 12:19 PM

        I cut and freeze a bunch and then heavily mulch the plant.

        1. h
          HillJ Oct 21, 2012 12:41 PM

          I freeze whole stalks, I pulverize a bunch of soaked pieces in a food processor and freeze the puree in ice cube trays for all sorts of uses and I let a bunch of stalks dry in my pantry and use as natural hot tea stirrers all year long..adds a nice fragrance to the tea.

          1. v
            Val Oct 21, 2012 01:10 PM

            I found a container of chopped lemongrass in my freezer recently (guess I'd forgotten I bought it)...anyone have a good recipe for it, please? Thanks!

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            1. re: Val
              HillJ Oct 21, 2012 01:27 PM

              Val, do you enjoy mussels?

              1. re: HillJ
                Val Oct 21, 2012 01:55 PM

                Heck yes! Thanks Hill J! Looks really great!!!

            2. tcamp Oct 21, 2012 05:13 PM

              I paid rent for two of my plants to overwinter in a greenhouse - my lemongrass and my best habanero pepper. I first trimmed and froze parts of the lemongrass.

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              1. re: tcamp
                karykat Oct 21, 2012 07:17 PM

                Wow. I didn't know you could do that.

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