If the lemongrass is intended to remain in the food when eaten, you can slice the yellow section of the lemongrass stalk into thin slices with a sharp knife. This simple soup can be eaten hot or cold, in winter, or in summer. One plant is usually plenty. Store in a cool, dry place and use dehydrated lemongrass within a year. Use frozen lemongrass within 6 months. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 292,133 times. Remove it after it has added the desired amount of flavor to your food. If you cut about 2 inches from the end, you... Slice the Lemongrass. These larger pieces generally are not eaten. It is usually located with the other fresh produce and is often sold in bundles of two or three stalks. This plant grows in many tropical climates, most notably in Southeast Asia. Lemongrass is a pungent herb with the potential add bitter notes to a dish and blanching can help to prevent that. The flavor intensity of lemon grass varies widely depending on the climate where it was grown. Combine carrots with a hefty dose of gelatin-rich bone broth, a touch of lemongrass and ginger, and you're left with a bowl of soup that beats any sugar-laden cold-pressed juice on the market. Avoid purchasing stalks that are loose and coming apart as well as stalks that are brown and crusty or crumbling. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *. The main stalk (the yellow section) is what is used in Thai cooking. Because lemongrass is so firm and fibrous, it helps to process the slices a little further. You can also preserve lemongrass stalks and leaves by drying them. Use frozen lemongrass within 6 months. After placing the lemongrass into boiling water for about a minute, remove it and place into ice water to cool it down. If using globe eggplants, slice them into half-inch rounds. Lemongrass is native to tropical areas and does not like to dry out. Here are some of my favorite ways to use lemongrass: Lemongrass stalks multiply and should be divided every few years. Thai food is particularly renowned for curries and stir-fries rich with its bright aroma. Stop slicing when you have cut two-thirds of the way up the stalk, or when it is no longer yellow and fleshy. Because the marinade has a lot of sugar, grilling the meat is the only way to go. Lower stalk should be pale yellow (almost white) in color, while upper stalks are green. It's great for curries, or use it as the liquid base for a pot of steamed mussels or littleneck clams. It is also widely used in tea and other beverages. Grilled or sautéed, these Vietnamese ground beef–stuffed leaves make a fantastic summer hors d'oeuvre or can be served with rice noodles and grilled vegetables for dinner. If you used ground lemongrass powder, substitute 1 teaspoon ground for one stalk of fresh lemongrass. Lemongrass plants grow large and can quickly outgrow their containers; choose a large container. Add these bruised stalks to your soup or curry. You can even steep chopped or slivered lemon grass pieces in hot water to make a refreshing tea! After placing the lemongrass into boiling water for about a minute, remove it and place into ice water to cool it down. Do not purchase it if outer leaves are crusty or brown. Yes, but candy is difficult to make if you do not know what you are doing. wikiHow is where trusted research and expert knowledge come together. This article has been viewed 292,133 times. It's possible to use the lemongrass slices as they are, but the thicker slices will be difficult to eat and your guests will end up spitting them out. wikiHow is a “wiki,” similar to Wikipedia, which means that many of our articles are co-written by multiple authors. Place the sliced lemongrass in a food processor (or chopper) and process well on "high." To store fresh lemongrass, wrap it loosely and place it in the refrigerator. Allow it to soak until roots form (this may take anywhere from two weeks to a month). This soup is equally delicious served hot or chilled. and teas, and then remove them before eating. making sure that each section has several roots attached. and can quickly outgrow their containers; choose a large container. You may also be able to find chopped and frozen lemongrass in some Asian food markets. Learn how to grow, harvest, divide, and use lemongrass with these 6 tips. The second reason to remove lemongrass is that it is one of those herbs that will keep releasing flavor over the duration of the cooking time, which means that you do not have to worry about its flavor dissipating in braised dishes; however, because it can stand up to long cooking times, lemongrass can easily overpower the other flavors in a dish. If you cut about 2 inches from the end, you should be able to remove the whole bulb, plus a little more. Apply diluted lemongrass oil topically on … Once it is cooled, start trimming off the tops of the lemongrass along with the ends. Do use lemongrass to complement seafood. References. Cut into pieces and let dry. Another thought is to use the fresh leaves to line bamboo steamers when cooking fish, vegetables, and dumplings. We use cookies to make wikiHow great. Made from only lemongrass, sugar, and fresh ginger and lime juice, this is one refreshing sorbet. To create this article, 9 people, some anonymous, worked to edit and improve it over time. Make your favorite takeout recipes at home with our cookbook! With lemongrass, very little is wasted. You can also preserve lemongrass stalks and leaves by drying them. There are 12 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. Lemongrass tea is traditionally used for relieving anxiety and it has a diuretic effect against bloating. This light, spicy soup is delicious hot or chilled. The tough, bigger pieces of lemon grass are meant to flavor dishes. To prepare lemongrass for cooking, you need a sharp serrated knife, a cutting board, and a food processor or mortar and pestle. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. If you want to use lemon grass on a salad, cut it into thin slivers so it's easier to chew and eat. Then place these in a food processor and process well. Because lemongrass freezes well, it is often sold in frozen packets of about six to eight stalks. This marinade packs sweet citrus flavor and extra spice into pork chops both before, and after, they hit the grill. Dried lemongrass is added during cooking when the dish has enough fluid to allow it to rehydrate and release its flavor. Lemongrass is an herb from Southeast Asia and that grows in tropical climates. Use a sharp serrated knife to slice off the lower bulb. Store in a cool, dry place and use dehydrated lemongrass within a year. Lemon grass is believed to have medicinal qualities. For square foot gardening, grow 1 lemongrass per square foot. Larb is hailed as the national dish of Laos. Store in a cool, dry place and use dehydrated lemongrass within a year. Serve with extra herbs, chiles, and lime so everyone can customize his own bowl. Coconut milk helps make this Asian-inspired soup extra creamy. Make these flavorful pork patties a meal by serving them over vermicelli noodles. 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