A universal kitchen favourite, bay leaves provide the flavour foundation of many dishes from across the globe and are traditionally used in a bouquet garni along with parsley and thyme. Even a simple bowl of rice is transformed by adding a single leaf to the boil.
Store fresh leaves in an airtight bag in the freezer, so you always have a spare leaf on hand. Equally, these leaves lend themselves to drying, and store well in an airtight container.
Store fresh bay leaves in the fridge wrapped in damp paper towel. To dry the leaves, lay them flat in a dark, well-aired place until brittle, then store them in an airtight container.
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