I hope someone here can explain this to me, as it's an unsolved mystery in my life. Sometimes jars of bay leaves are delicious smelling and add a subtle, warm undertone to dishes that almost reflects the whole nutmeg/allspice world of flavors. But twice, when I've bought jars of them they've had this overpoweringly astringent and chemical smell, almost like some kind of medicine. They add a terrible taste to the food. What is up with the Jekyll and Hyde aspect of bay leaves? I feel like I wasted 8 bucks today.
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What's up with bay leaves?