Using Peppermint

We will be starting a herb garden next spring. We will be covering some part of the yard with black plastic to kill the weeds there and hopefully the herbs grow first before the weeds comes back. I will be using fresh herbs with my cooking starting next year, I can't wait. Anyhow, here are something about peppermint.

Peppermint is a type of mint. Normally one simply uses the leaves, either fresh or dried. The leaves have the best flavor if harvested just before the plant blooms. Fresh leaves are good in iced teas, lemonade, fruit salad, cucumber salad and so on. Dried leaves can be used in Middle Eastern recipes and tea as well as in baking.

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To dry, cut the mint near the base of each stem, tie the stems into bundles using rubber bands at the cut ends. Then hook the rubber bands on bent paper clips and use those as hooks to hang the bundles--hook them onto an ordinary coat hanger, for instance. Hang them in a cool, dark, dry, well ventilated spot until crispy. Then remove the leaves from the stems and store in airtight packages such as jars or zipper bags, again in a cool, dark, dry location. Make sure there is no condensation in the container--that means it is not dry enough yet.


Grampy said...

Good luck with the herb garden.There is nothing like fresh herbs.

verabear said...

It must really smell good in an herb garden, good luck with yours :)

Analou and Bones said...

Hello there. Two days ago our neighbor gave us some peppermint. It really smells so good. I haven't used it yet but we are planning to put it in an ice cream or probably cucumber salad.

Nedekcir said...

Thank you so much for the comments.

Anonymous said...

I like to use my peppermint for fresh ice-cream...it's quick, simple and the kids love to help....I think you have given me inspiration to try my own peppermint tea too.