Ways to Preserve Fresh Mint

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 Dry fresh Mint

  1. Pick your mint first thing in the morning, cutting off twelve inch sprigs with a pair of sharp scissors.
  2. Give it a good shaking to make sure you are not carrying any stray bugs on the leaves or stems.
  3. Rinse the cuttings under cold water and tie a length of cotton string around the base of the stems.
  4. Hang them up to dry in a dry and dark area where bugs and spiders will not get at them.
  5. After a few days, they should be quite dry and brittle and they can be crunched and crumbled into a container to be used as dry tea leaves.

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Freeze fresh Mint

  1. Freeze the mint in order to get the full flavor of fresh mint.
  2. Harvest the mint leaves in the morning or buy the in the store:). Cut the mint plant off at the ground. If you purchased fresh mint, untie the bundle
  3. Pluck the mint leaves from the stems carefully. Place the mint leaves in a colander
  4. Rinse the leaves off with clean running water.
  5. Place the leaves on a layer of paper towels. Pat the leaves dry to remove the excess water.
  6. Place the mint leaves on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer, and freeze the leaves for three to four hours.
  7. Pour the mint leaves into a sealed freezer bag or simply pack them into a suitable freezer container of your choice and store in your freezer until ready for use. If they freeze together in a clump, they can be crushed with a wooden sturdy spoon. Freeze the mint for up to three months.
  8. These frozen leaves will be wilted when they thaw, but they will still have the essential oils and fresh flavor.

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Refrigerate fresh Mint

  1. Remove the mint from the garden or untie the mint bundle.
  2. Dampen a paper towel slightly.
  3. Wrap the mint leaves gently in the damp paper towel.
  4. Place the fresh mint in a sealed plastic bag. Avoid sealing the bag all the way, so that the air can still circulate.
  5. Store  the mint in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  6. Discard mint leaves that appear discolored or have a rancid odor because they may have spoiled

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Source:   How to store mint leaves.   http://www.ehow.com/how_7550627_store-mint-leaves.html.  Retrieved June 27, 2013

I hope you will find these tips useful.  Come back later as I will be trying out these methods soon and will add many follow up photos to share with you what worked well and what didn’t.  Always get excited about my science experiments:)  If you have other ideas, please share…would love to hear back from you.

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Comments

  1. Love the fresh smell of cilantro sttiing in my office cant wait to get them home. We use it on Vietnamese noodle, salad and spring-rolls.Thanks farmer Ryan!

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