Whole bay leaves can be used with almost everything from meat and fish dishes to pasta and sweet dishes. One leaf can go a long way with its strong, spicy flavor. Add a leaf or two to your soups and stews and it will add a flowery and spicy bouquet to these dishes.
Bay leaves release their flavor during slow cooking, so the longer the better. Add them to casseroles, stews, soups, marinades, and pasta sauces. Steaming with bay leaves will bring out a delicious flavor. Try steaming with vegetables, fish, seafood, or chicken.
You do not need to pound or crush your bay leaves before adding them to a dish, but you should remove whole bay leaves from a dish before serving. There is a common myth that accidentally eating the whole bay leaf is dangerous because it is toxic. The is completely false. They are removed because they are stiff and tough to eat, but not because they are dangerous.
Make sure to store your bay leaves in a cool, dark, dry location for best freshness.
Also try our Ground Bay Leaves.
Whole Bay Leaves
Bulk Pack – packed in a clear plastic food-grade zip lock bag
25 LB Bulk Pack – packed in a food-grade liner inside a box
Bottle Pack – packed in one clear, plastic bottle with a screw-on top
Pail Pack – packed in one plastic pail