Lemongrass is a wonderful natural remedy which has a number of benefits.
A notable benefit is that it is a wonderful digestion aid due to it’s high proportion of a component called citral which helps to digest food. Because of this, it is often served after dinner, similar to how digestifs are taken in classical French cooking.
There are two ways to freeze lemongrass, either whole or in ice. I’ve found the best way to freeze it depends on how you plan to use it or serve it once defrosted.
You can freeze lemongrass whole by removing the outer leaves and sealing it in an airtight bag before moving it to the freezer. Alternatively, you can freeze it in ice by finely chopping and adding to an ice cube tray before topping with water and moving to the freezer.
Keeping lemongrass on hand is incredibly useful as the antioxidants can help you to detox, by relieving fluid retention and thereby remove toxins from the body. An of course antioxidants help to prevent or slow damage to cells by removing free radicals from your system.
Best Time To Freeze Lemongrass
The best time to freeze lemongrass is when it’s fresh. That way, when you defrost it it’s perfect to add to your curries and other recipes.
There are two ways to freeze lemongrass, either whole or in ice.
If you choose to freeze lemongrass whole, then it’s simply a case of removing outer leaves, sealing it in an airtight bag, and freezing. It’s a really easy way to do it, but you need to make sure to remove as much air from the bag as you can, otherwise, the lemongrass might start to oxidize as it sits in your freezer.
Freezing lemongrass in ice cubes is perhaps the best way to do it. In order to do it, you must first finely dice your lemongrass, or add it to a food processor. Once it’s broken down, add a small portion to each cube in an ice cube tray.
Top those up with water, and freeze!
The main reason that this is a great way to do it is that you will avoid your lemongrass oxidizing as there’s a water barrier between it and the air.
Furthermore, an ice cube with lemongrass in it can simply be added to a stew, for example, and the ice will immediately begin to melt. After that, the lemongrass will stew and cook, infusing your dish with flavour.
How To Defrost Lemongrass
Generally speaking, you don’t really need to defrost your lemongrass before adding it to your dish.
If you’ve chosen to freeze your lemongrass in ice cubes, then you can simply add an ice cube to your dish, and the ice will melt to give you that lemongrass aroma.
If you’ve frozen your lemongrass whole then it may be a little more difficult to deal with. If you want to add it whole to a soup or a stew, then you’ll need to allow thirty to forty-five minutes for your lemongrass to soften.
Then, place it into your pan with the other ingredients, and it will add plenty of flavour to your dish.
How To Tell If Lemongrass Has Gone Bad
Lemongrass will last a particularly long time in the fridge, though it will last longer frozen. If it is bad or spoiled, there are plenty of ways that you can tell.
Mainly, you need to look out for lemongrass which has become soft and discoloured. In order to maintain a safe fridge, it’s worth discarding any lemongrass which has an off smell or appearance.
If not stored in the fridge, stalks of lemongrass will become dry, tough, and brown as they age.