Kaffir (Makrut) Lime Leaves
Fresh kaffir lime leaves (aka wild lime leaves, kieffer lime leaves, limau purut leaves) are distinctly hour-glass shaped “double” leaves that are very aromatic with a lemongrass/lime-esque flavor. They are most commonly used in Southeast Asian cooking. They offer stronger flavor than dried kaffir lime leaves.
For long term storage of Kaffir lime leaves, freeze them separated on a chilled baking sheet and then transfer them to a zip-top plastic bag in your freezer. Their appearance will suffer, but their flavor should be maintained.
Shelf Life: Several days fresh, several months frozen.
RECIPES & TIPS
They are used in soups, stir fries, and curries, paring well with seafood, coconut milk, ginger, galangal root, lemongrass, pork, cardamom, lime juice, basil & Thai basil, chicken, crab and chili peppers.
Often recipes calling for kaffir lime leaves count each half of the hourglass shape as a separate leaf.