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Old 06-09-2003, 02:32 PM
Wanda
 
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Actually it's little more than a seedling, it's about 5cm high dwarfed by a
large glazed blue pot ... Is it necessary to dry bayleaves out before using
them in cooking? What's the best method of drying them out? My stepmother
used to dry flowers by tying a bundle of flower stems at their base &
hanging them upside down in the converted garage or I used to have a
housemate who would dry his home grown mull on alfoil in the oven...



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Old 07-09-2003, 09:32 AM
David Hare-Scott
 
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"Wanda" wrote in message
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Actually it's little more than a seedling, it's about 5cm high dwarfed

by a
large glazed blue pot ... Is it necessary to dry bayleaves out before

using
them in cooking? What's the best method of drying them out? My

stepmother
used to dry flowers by tying a bundle of flower stems at their base &
hanging them upside down in the converted garage or I used to have a
housemate who would dry his home grown mull on alfoil in the oven...



No it's not necessary but the flavour will be slightly different if
fresh. Try both and see what you prefer. To keep the leaves for any
length of time drying or freezing is required.

The best way to dry them is to cut suitable small branches or twigs with
leaves etc and hang them up in bunches in the shade tied with string
where there is good air circulation.

Drying in the oven isn't really required and is quite likely to over-dry
to the point where the leaves fall apart and lose flavour unless you
keep the temperature down and watch them closely. Air drying is safer
and simpler.

David


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Old 08-09-2003, 02:32 PM
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hi ,
I use my bay leaves straight from the tree, but when its time to prune it, i
just put the leaves in a paper bag and into the pantry.The leaves dry really
well on their own.
"Wanda" wrote in message
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Actually it's little more than a seedling, it's about 5cm high dwarfed by

a
large glazed blue pot ... Is it necessary to dry bayleaves out before

using
them in cooking? What's the best method of drying them out? My stepmother
used to dry flowers by tying a bundle of flower stems at their base &
hanging them upside down in the converted garage or I used to have a
housemate who would dry his home grown mull on alfoil in the oven...




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Old 08-09-2003, 03:02 PM
Wanda
 
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Thanks for your response Justin. How old is your bay tree? Is it in the
ground or in a pot? Do you have any idea of how quickly bay trees grow?

"justin milton" wrote in message
...
hi ,
I use my bay leaves straight from the tree, but when its time to prune it,

i
just put the leaves in a paper bag and into the pantry.The leaves dry

really
well on their own.
"Wanda" wrote in message
...
Actually it's little more than a seedling, it's about 5cm high dwarfed

by
a
large glazed blue pot ... Is it necessary to dry bayleaves out before

using
them in cooking? What's the best method of drying them out? My

stepmother
used to dry flowers by tying a bundle of flower stems at their base &
hanging them upside down in the converted garage or I used to have a
housemate who would dry his home grown mull on alfoil in the oven...






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Old 08-09-2003, 04:12 PM
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I have one in a large pot that is about 5 years old. It was stomped on by
the cows about 3 years ago and although it has grown two main branches at
funny angles of about 3 feet each, it seems to be happy sitting half under
the macadamia tree where it gets the morning sun and plenty to drink when
the tank overflows.

I'm going to plant it out but want to work out where would be best for
Toowoomba area where it gets a couple of good frosts each year, but a Qld
summer. I have a good deep rich red soil round the house and can give it
plenty to drink. Might have to do a search and see what I can find about
full size even though my one may be stunted.

Peter




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Old 10-09-2003, 04:46 AM
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Bay trees grow to about 12m high by 10m wide in the ground if left un pruned.
They are slow growing. If you grow it in a 30cm pot it will restrict the
height to about 1.5m.

"Wanda" wrote:

Thanks for your response Justin. How old is your bay tree? Is it in the
ground or in a pot? Do you have any idea of how quickly bay trees grow?

"justin milton" wrote in message
...
hi ,
I use my bay leaves straight from the tree, but when its time to prune it,

i
just put the leaves in a paper bag and into the pantry.The leaves dry

really
well on their own.
"Wanda" wrote in message
...
Actually it's little more than a seedling, it's about 5cm high dwarfed

by
a
large glazed blue pot ... Is it necessary to dry bayleaves out before

using
them in cooking? What's the best method of drying them out? My

stepmother
used to dry flowers by tying a bundle of flower stems at their base &
hanging them upside down in the converted garage or I used to have a
housemate who would dry his home grown mull on alfoil in the oven...








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