Store Bay Leaves in the Freezer, Not in the Spice Drawer
You probably enjoy keeping all of your spices and herbs together in one drawer or rack, but there is a good reason to separate the bay leaf from the bunch.
Cook’s Illustrated via The Kitchn reports that when stored in the freezer, bay leaves will retain nearly the same flavor and aroma as a freshly opened can of bay leaves, while those stored in a drawer quickly lose potency. Serious Eats notes another benefit: storing bay leaves in the freezer keeps them fresh for many years.
Bay leaves are used in all kinds of dishes, especially soups, stews, and sauces. Be right back. Time to move the bay leaf jar.