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Fresh VS Frozen Lemongrass

RealMenJulienne Apr 8, 2013 09:52 AM

Is there a big difference in quality? I've just started getting into cooking Vietnamese food and I bought a big sheet of the frozen because I don't use it very quickly and I don't want it to spoil. Any experienced Viet cooks care to chime in?

I mostly use it for marinades, if that helps. Lemongrass, oyster sauce, fish sauce, lime juice and sugar for thin-sliced beef and pork.

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    wyogal RE: RealMenJulienne Apr 8, 2013 09:53 AM

    I bought the stuff in the tube, lasts quite awhile. I haven't seen the frozen; did you get it at a regular store or specialty store?

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      RealMenJulienne RE: wyogal Apr 8, 2013 10:04 AM

      It comes in a thin sheet which you break pieces off of and shred apart. I got it at a Vietnamese grocery.

      Is the stuff in the tube a paste, like wasabi?

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        paulj RE: RealMenJulienne Apr 8, 2013 11:35 AM

        The tube I bought several years ago was from Australia.

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          wyogal RE: paulj Apr 8, 2013 03:02 PM

          That's what I use, found in the produce section at the grocery stores and WMart. I also get the ginger as well.

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          1sweetpea RE: RealMenJulienne Apr 8, 2013 11:37 AM

          What's wrong with just buying stalks fresh and using them the week you've bought them? I buy however many I'll need for a recipe and try to use them as quickly as I can. If a week goes by and I haven't gotten around to using them, I just make tea with them, so they won't go rotten and get tossed out.

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            RealMenJulienne RE: 1sweetpea Apr 8, 2013 01:38 PM

            Well the stalks come in these big bundles, and I really only use them for marinades. I like the convenience of breaking off a little bit at a time from the frozen sheet.

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              wyogal RE: 1sweetpea Apr 8, 2013 03:01 PM

              Because we can't always find stalks fresh. Hardly ever.

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                C. Hamster RE: wyogal Apr 8, 2013 05:03 PM

                No Asian markets?

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                  wyogal RE: C. Hamster Apr 8, 2013 05:05 PM

                  Nope. We get it from time to time, but when I was searching for it last, I couldn't find it anywhere. So, I just get the stuff in the tube, works for me.
                  We had one Asian market, for a short time, but it closed. We have plenty of Asian restaurants, but they probably source it elsewhere.

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              Musie RE: RealMenJulienne Apr 8, 2013 01:23 PM

              It's finely minced up but very juicy. I actually buy it in the tube and portion it into however many stalks worth is in the tube, then freeze it.

          2. letsindulge RE: RealMenJulienne Apr 8, 2013 10:08 AM

            Not sure what you mean by "sheets" but yes, I have used frozen in a pinch. It's certainly not as pungent as fresh so I just up the amount to taste. The kind I purchase @ Asian grocery stores comes in a clear pint container like they use in grocery store deli's. The lemongrass is minced. It's a good product IMO.

            1. C. Hamster RE: RealMenJulienne Apr 8, 2013 11:28 AM

              I grow it in the garden and freeze what I haven't used. Just like any other frozen herb, it loses a bit of its punch when frozen but it's a fine alternative to fresh.

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                jaykayen RE: RealMenJulienne Apr 8, 2013 11:37 AM

                It will be fine.

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                  HillJ RE: RealMenJulienne May 2, 2013 04:49 PM

                  Some really interesting recipes using lemongrass all in one online space so I thought I'd share:


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