Before make dumplings, the first thing you need to get ready is the bamboo leaves. I will usually clean the bamboo leaves 1-2 weeks ahead, then freeze them for later use.
CHINESE VERSION: 如何处理和收藏粽叶
1 Soak dry bamboo leaves in plenty of water for 5-6 hours until soft.
2 Clean the softened bamboo leaves with dish washing net or sponge, change the water and clean for 2nd time, then rinse thoroughly again with clean water.
3 Drain off the water, then put into zip lock bag, keep refrigerated if using the next day.
4 Store the cleaned leaves in the freezer if you wish to keep for a longer time (I used to keep it up to a year).
5 Thaw the frozen leaves at room temperature for 1-2 hours before using (do not soak the frozen leaves directly into water as it will crack).