Organic bay is one of the most sought after culinary herbs for flavouring soups, casseroles, stews, fish, meat, poultry and marinades. Steenbergs organic bay leaves are from the countryside near to Izmir in Turkey, where the best organic bay leaves are still hand-picked, soaking in the glorious summer heat of the Mediterranean.
Bay leaves are classically used in flavouring long, slow-cooked dishes from casseroles and stews through to tomato dishes. They are great to flavour patés or add a torn bay leaf when deglazing a roasting tray to make some gravy. The flavour of bay leaves is relatively strong, so one or two whole bay leaves dropped into a casserole, soup or stock is fine. Another simple use is to flavour stocks, so throw in a couple of dry bay leaves to the boiling water when boiling fish or into the boiling water for rice to give a sometimes rather plain rice flavour an intriguing and beguiling aroma.