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Spice It Up: BAY LEAF
        The bay leaf, which dates back to ancient   be abrasive to the digestive tract and are
        Greek  times,  is  the  most  popular  spice  in   extremely pungent when eaten whole.
        cooking. The whole leaf is often used and is   Due to the removal of the leaf, bay leaves
        either dried or ground. The fragrance of this   are often added to dishes in a muslin bag
        leaf tends to be more noticeable than the   or tea infuser. Another lesser-known use
        taste it provides in dishes. Mediterranean   for bay leaves is to repel small insects that
        dishes and American cuisine widely use   sneak their way into the kitchen pantry. By
        these leaves. Most often, bay leaves are used   placing bay leaves in these areas, unwanted
        in savory dishes, ranging from soups, stews,   creatures are likely to stay away.
        meats, seafood, vegetable dishes, and even   Source:
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        the leaf before serving the dish. They can   used%20for,fl avour%20many%20classic%20

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