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How To Store Mint and Keep It Fresh

Published on

8.4.2022

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Wondering how to store mint and keep it as fresh as possible? We’re here to help you out with a few simple and practical tips.

Mint is a delicate herb that needs to be stored properly to stay fresh. Today, we have some tips on how to store mint so that it stays fresh for as long as possible.

Store Mint in the Fridge

The best way to store mint is in the fridge where it will stay nice and cool. This is the case for many herbs!

If your mint is in it's full form, leaves and stems in-tact, you can store it upright in a glass or plastic container. Add 1/2 an inch of water at the bottom the container to so the cut stems are able to soak. Place it into the fridge and enjoy your mint for 3-5 days. Change the water every few days to keep it fresh.

Or, if you have loose mint leaves, wet a paper towel and then ring it out. Add the leaves to the damp towel and gently fold the sides over the leaves making a small packet. Transfer the packet to a plastic bag or plastic container and close it up. Place it into the fridge and enjoy your mint for 3-5 days.

Separate Mint From Other Strong-Smelling Foods

Mint is a very fragrant herb, so it's best not to store it near other strong-smelling foods like onions or garlic. This will prevent the mint from taking on the other flavors.

Some of the foods that have the strongest smells (for better or for worse) include:

Storing mint near these foods will cause it to absorb their flavors, so it's best to avoid it if you want to keep your mint tasting fresh.

Use Mint Within a Week

For the best flavor, use mint within a week of purchasing it or picking it. After that, the flavor will begin to fade.

You might be wondering if it's safe to eat mint that's been stored for more than a week. The answer, fortunately, is yes. You don't have to worry about ending up with a stomach ache from cooking with "expired" mint.

However, if the mint has been stored for more than a week, it will not taste as fresh as it could. You might notice a bit of a stale flavor and smell coming from the leaves rather than the distinctly refreshing aroma that you'd expect.

Freeze Mint for Long-Term Storage

You can always freeze if you need to store mint for longer than a week.

Simply wash and dry the mint leaves, then place them in a freezer bag. You can also chop up the mint leaves before freezing them, which will make them easier to use later on.

Some at-home cooks opt to freeze their mint inside an ice cube tray. This can be a simple, no-nonsense way to have small, ready-to-use portions of mint on hand, but it's not necessary. While your grandma might swear by this method, you can get by just fine with chopped mint in a freezer bag.

Dry Mint for Tea or Potpourri

Another option for long-term storage is drying the mint leaves. This is a wise choice if you plan on using the mint leaves for tea or potpourri. Hang the mint leaves upside down in a dark, dry place until they are completely dried out.

Making your own mint tea isn't as hard as it might seem, and drying your own mint leaves is the perfect way to get started. All you need are some fresh mint leaves, a pot of boiling water, and a bit of time to let the tea steep.

To make mint potpourri, simply combine dried mint leaves with other dried herbs, flowers, and spices. Add a few drops of essential oil if you want a stronger scent. Mix everything together, and then put it in your favorite bowl or jar to display.

Tips for Using Fresh Mint in Your Cooking

Now that you know how to store mint, it's time to learn how to use it in your cooking. Below are a few tips to help you get started.

Add Mint to Cocktails

Mint is a popular ingredient in cocktails and mocktails alike. It can be used to make anything from mojitos to mint juleps. If you're looking for a refreshing summer drink, be sure to add in a few fresh mint leaves!

There are plenty of cocktails you can try making with mint, but a few of our favorites include the classic mojito, a watermelon mint cooler, and a strawberry basil mint smash.

Mash It Up for Mint Pesto

Mint pesto is a delicious way to add some flavor to your next pasta dish. To make it, simply combine fresh mint leaves, Parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil, and pine nuts in a food processor or blender. Blend until everything is combined, then add it to your favorite pasta dish.

Use Mint as a Garnish

Mint leaves make a beautiful garnish for all sorts of dishes, from fruit salads to grilled chicken. Just chop up some mint leaves and sprinkle them over your dish before serving. Your guests will be impressed by your attention to detail!

One of our favorite uses of mint as a garnish is in a delicious watermelon and feta salad. It’s the perfect side or main course for summer!

Throw Some Mint in Your Desserts

Mint and chocolate are a classic flavor combination for a reason. If you're looking to try something new, add some chopped mint leaves to your next batch of brownies or chocolate chip cookies. Or make a mint chocolate pie for a truly indulgent dessert.

Cook Meat With Mint

Mint is often used as a garnish for meat dishes but it can also be used as an ingredient. Adding mint to your next savory meat dish will give it a unique flavor that your guests are sure to love.

Just remember to use mint sparingly as it can easily overpower other flavors. A little goes a long way!

Make a Minty Smoothie

Mint is a perfect addition to smoothies, especially if you're looking for a refreshing summer treat. Simply add some chopped mint leaves to your favorite fruits and vegetables, then blend everything together until smooth. Try our minty green smoothie.

Include Mint in Your Soup

Mint can also be used to make a delicious soup — like our Zucchini and Mint Gazpacho. Just add some chopped mint leaves to your favorite soup recipe. The mint will add a refreshing flavor that is perfect for summer.

You can also try making a chilled cucumber soup with mint for a truly unique dish. Simply combine chopped cucumbers, yogurt, mint leaves, and garlic in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, then refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Make a Minty Peach Sangria

Sangria is a summertime staple, but it can be a little too sweet for some people. If you're looking for a way to make it more refreshing, add some muddled mint leaves. The mint will balance out the sweet flavor and make it more refreshing.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to use the refreshing, invigorating flavors of mint. Whether you're looking to add it to your cocktails or cook with it, be sure to give it a try.

We hope this article has given you some ideas on how to use mint in your cooking. If you're looking for recipes that include mint, make sure to visit our cooking page.

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