A Guide to Properly Storing Lemongrass Stalks

Lemongrass is an essential ingredient in many dishes, particularly those of Southeast Asian cuisine. It has a citrusy and fragrant aroma that enhances the flavor of any dish it’s added to. However, if you’re not familiar with storing lemongrass properly, its freshness can quickly deteriorate. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to store lemongrass stalks so that they stay fresh for longer.

What exactly is Lemongrass?

Before we dive into how to store lemongrass, let’s first understand what it is. Lemongrass (botanical name Cymbopogon citrates) belongs to the grass family and grows in tropical regions like India and Thailand. It is well known for its strong citrus scent and lemon-like flavor; hence given the name -lemongrass.

Choose Fresh & Firm Stalks

When buying lemongrass from your local grocery stores or supermarkets always choose firm stalks with no bruises or yellowing leaves on them as they would only affect their shelf-life regardless of how well you store them at home.

Tip:

You can also opt for fresh looking green slightly long stems than dry brown looking ones as those may have been sitting on shelves for too long already

Cut The Leaves And Roots

Once you get home with your lovely stalks of lemongrasses make sure you wash them thoroughly under clean water then cut away all the leaves near the top and roots down below till about two inches left above ground level.

Note:

The tops might be useful but tend to wilt faster than other parts which could speed up spoilage while roots could start developing mold early enough before use leaving a nasty taste behind

The Three Storage Methods

Method 1: Airtight container in the refrigerator

After properly washing and cutting, you can keep lemongrass stalks fresh by placing them in an airtight container like Ziploc or vacuum-sealed type bags then store in the refrigerator. Lemongrasses stored this way will last about two weeks.

Method 2: In Water Like Fresh Flowers

Another great way to store lemongrass is to treat it like fresh flowers, with their base dipped into water. You can place your trimmed and washed stalks into a tall glass of water with its base standing upright on the bottom, then cover loosely with plastic wrap for up to one week inside the fridge.

Method 3: Freeze Them

The third method is freezing; this technique works perfectly fine as well but only if you’re sure you won’t be using them anytime soon. Cut and clean your lemongrass stalks before steaming/blanching quickly for about three minutes before packing tightly together inside an airtight container or freezer bag so that they don’t stick, then freeze for up to six months.

Final Thoughts

Now that we’ve discussed different methods on how to store lemongrass let’s not forget that whichever method we choose depends mostly on our cooking style and frequency of use.
Storing our exotic herbs such as lemongrass correctly will help us enjoy delicious meals consistently without going through any trouble caused by bad storage techniques -so here’s wishing perfect lemony goodness!

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