Mint is a fragrant and tasty herb that can be used in a wide range of ways in the kitchen and beyond. The great thing about mint is that it is very easy to grow and can be grown in a variety of different climates. In fact, many people simply use a kitchen windowsill as spot to grow their mint and more often than not, it thrives. Mint can come on fast and strong, leaving you with tons of fresh mint leaves and you scratching your head as to what you can do with all of this abundant mint.
Luckily, there are a ton of different uses for fresh and dried mint, and it is easier than you might think to dry fresh mint for long-term storage. In this guide, we will give you a few ideas as to what you can do with all that fresh and dried mint. We will then walk through how to easily store your mint for later use in a couple of different, yet convenient, ways. Once you've finished this guide, you will be armed with the information you need to know what to do with all that mint and how to store it for later use.
A mint leaf is a very tasty herb and it has a pungent, pleasant aroma. It is known to help aid in digestion and reduce stomach discomfort, it is thought to help ease tension headaches, and it makes a great water flavor enhancer. It has long been a favorite of cooking enthusiasts, natural medicine aficionados, and those who like to make home beauty products.
What follows are just a few suggestions as to how to use your mint. Don't let this be the only list you use. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to potential uses for your mint crop.
Yogurt is a great place to use a bit of fresh mint. Add berries and mince up a few leaves of fresh mint and add this to plain yogurt for a unique and refreshing treat.
If you are drying your leaves for mint tea, you simply boil your fresh mint leaves for 3-5 minutes, remove the mint leaves, place them in some paper towel, then unwrap and enjoy. A lot of people like to steep a little mint in their brewing iced tea or as an addition to a personal tea blend.
Mint and chocolate are a great combination and can be paired for a wide range of tasty desserts. Additionally, you can add chocolate mint to a protein drink for a refreshing and tasty way to get that protein you need.
Mint is a great addition to any dish of fresh fruit, cocktails like mint juleps, and also taste great when used in certain salad dressings, like those that are fruit or balsamic based.
There are a number of different ways that you can store mint for long-term use. Here, we will touch on the two most common ways of storing mint, the ice cube method and air drying the mint.
This is a foolproof way to store your mint for later use and to be able to use it in applications that call for fresh mint. Chop mint and separate it out into tablespoons. Mix each tablespoon of mint with water and freeze them in an ice cube tray. You can take out as many as you need whenever you cook and also have fresh tasting mint on hand.
This is another simple way to preserve your mint for later use. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees and put a single layer of mint leaves on a cookie sheet. You will want to clean the mint to remove any dirt or debris from the leaves. It is your choice as to whether you want to take the mint leaves off their stalks before or after you bake them. Bake for about 2-3 hours and crumble into an air tight container and store in a cool, dry place. For easy clean up, I recommend using a paper towel or a plastic bag for storage. If you plan to use your dried mint leaves for mint tea, follow the steps above, but don't crush the leaves or stems, use them in whole form to steep for tea.
One of the most beautiful things about mint as a fresh herb is that it is incredibly easy to grow. Even those of us who aren't lucky enough to have that proverbial green thumb can often grown fresh mint and other herbs with ease. Mint can be incredibly prolific, meaning that you often end up with a lot more mint that you might have planned for. This leaves us scrambling for way to use mint in unique ways, so that we aren't having the same dish over and over.
There are a wide range of ways to use mint, whether you are using it fresh or dried. It makes great tea. It can be used for classic cocktails. It adds a refreshing note to a variety of different desserts. It is a great addition to lamb and other meats. It can also be used as a home fragrance, as well as in a wide range of homemade beauty products. This is a very versatile herb that has no end to its potential uses.
Storing mint is very easy. Obviously, you use however much fresh you can before you go to process the mint for later. Once you have exhausted all your fresh mint options, it is time to prepare the mint for storage. There are a few ways this can be done, but the most common are freezing the mint or oven drying it for use as a tea or a dried herb. Many people like to mince up mint and mix it with water in ice cube trays. This is a great way to always have small amounts of mint on hand for recipes and projects. Air drying it in the manner described above is another common, excellent way to store your mint for later use. The dried mint can be used for tea, or can be crushed up and used how you would any store bought herb.