One of the quickest and easiest ways to give your homemade curry that authentic flavour is with the use of curry leaves. The problem is that when you use them, you only need one or two but you end up buying a handful. So the question is, can you freeze curry leaves to save them for future curries? Well, yes you can! And the good news doesn’t end there because freezing them is both easy and recommended.
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing curry leaves:
How To Freeze Curry Leaves
One of the most important things to consider is what you freeze your curry leaves in. They can be quite pungent so if not stored correctly can cause the rest of your freezer to take on the odour of curry. You probably don’t want curry-scented ice cubes, do you? That’s why investing in some thick freezer bags is a good idea.
- Grab your thick freezer bags and place your curry leaves into the bag.
- Seal the bag up and, as you do, squeeze out as much of the air as you can.
- Finally, label the bag up and then place it into the freezer.
Can You Freeze Dried Curry Leaves?
You could use the same method as above to freeze fried curry leaves… But there wouldn’t be much point. We recommend using frozen curry leaves within a year. If you keep your dried curry leaves stored in an airtight container or Kilner jar then they too can last for up to a year. There is, therefore, no benefit to freezing dried curry leaves when you can just keep them in the cupboard.
Freezer real estate can be tight so we’d recommend you avoid freezing curry leaves when there isn’t really a need to.
How Long Can You Freeze Curry Leaves?
Curry leaves will maintain their strong, curry flavour for up to a year in the freezer. Beyond this point, they will remain perfectly safe to use if they have been stored correctly but may become slightly milder. This can, of course, be rectified by simply using an extra leaf to ensure you get that punchy flavour.
It’s a good idea to label your curry leaves when they’re in the freezer with the date in which they need to be used by. Not only will this help you to avoid wastage but will also make it far easier to distinguish between curry, bay and kaffir lime leaves, all of which you may have in the freezer.
You Can Freeze Curry Leaves for Around 1 Year
How Do You Defrost Curry Leaves?
Well… You don’t actually need to. The good news with curry leaves is that you can take them out of the freezer and toss then directly into the dish you’re cooking. They are very thin which means they defrost almost as soon as they hit the heated pan.
Can You Refreeze Curry Leaves?
This is not something we would recommend you do. Every time you refreeze them, there’s a chance you’ll degrade the flavour. Over time, you’ll find your curry leaves are bland and therefore useless. The good news is that you don’t need to defrost curry leaves to use them so it would be challenging to accidentally defrost to many.
Do Curry Leaves Freeze Well?
Curry leaves, like a lot of other leaves such as kaffir lime leaves, freeze particularly well. As you tend not to eat them, even if the texture changes it doesn’t matter. What freezing does is lock in the strong curry flavour so that you can use them at a later date. If the whole reason for using curry leaves is to give your cooking that authentic curry flavour then freezing them is actually a no-brainer.
Other Questions about Curry Leaves
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to curry leaves – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about curry leaves then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
How Do You Use Curry Leaves?
Curry leaves are incredibly easy to use. When you’re cooking a curry, all you need to do is toss a leaf or two into the pan and it’ll infuse your curry sauce with a subtle yet authentic curry flavour.
Can You Eat Curry Leaves?
Curry leaves can be a little tough and chewy. They won’t do you any harm to eat them but it’s not something you would want to do. Most people simply fish the curry leaves out before serving or push them to the side of their plate when eating.