Harvesting and storing mint!

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  1. Mr. Tettnanger

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    What is the procedure to harvest and dry mint so that I can store it for later use?

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    How bout keeping a small plant on the kitchen windowsill? That's what we did for a while. joe
     
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    I have tried drying mine once, The taste as far as tea is concerned, was entirely different, and in my opinion, not worth the effort. also, from your pic, it appears that yours in not in any container, Mint is very invasive, and will take over.
     
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    I am sure you can hang it outside till it is dry. Then store it in a air tight container. I have done this with nettles and plantain in the past. If you gave a food dehydrator that works great as well.
     
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    I've litterally just picked the leaves and layed them out on paper towel inside. They dry in a few days to a week. Then in a Ziploc. I use them for tea. The plant in my garden came from a nursery. It's called chocolate mint. It does have a chocolate hint of a smell. Its mint flavor is a touch milder than others.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Good catch. Yup that stuff takes over. Oregano too. I've got 3 in pots and three in the yard. I pick sprouts as weeds all the time. Mint will do similar.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    I clip the stems with scissors, let the leaves stay attached to the stem. Then poke a sewing needle through the stems near where it was cut, leaving about 3" of thread between the stems. When I get them all on the thread I hang them from a nail in the kitchen to dry.
    That may not be "the proper procedure" but it works for me.
     
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    I put my fresh mint leaves in zip lock bags (suck air out) and keep them in the freezer for year round use.
     
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    Freezing might work .
     
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    i've done drying myself. hang in bunches, on the stem still, some place dry and not too hot. i've got it in jars after that, and it's still good. use it for tea quite often (especially like iced mint tea) and i've mixed it into herbal smoking mixes i've made for friends.
     
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    Good information! I found some wild mountain mint last year and have been thinking about harvesting enough to do this. Thinking about doing blackberry leaves too, as they help my stomach a bit.
     
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    We always dried herbs by stuffing them in nylon stockings and hanging on the clothes line.
    This was in Salt Lake, where things dry more or less instantaneously, but I think it should work well enough, loosely packed in the stockings, on what in SE PA is a VERY dry windy day.
     
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    Wife says hang them up and dry them, stem and all.

    I would rather have mint as a ‘weed’ than some other stuff. :p
     
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    I have a lot of catmint growing in my yard. I harvest it and give some to my cat every day for a calming treat. I give him a few frozen leaves. I have some on a drying rack in the garage for use in the fall. I have not eaten any yet ;-)
     
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    Brush green leaves with egg white and cover with fine sugar... let dry...I put mine a zip lock . I eat em up pretty fast don't know how long thy last...lol
     
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    catnip is a tasty little tea, that has the added bonus of helping a person to sleep. i used to give it to my now wife when we were in college and she had pulled too many all nighters/late nighters in a row. she'd thank me for the tea, and minutes later she'd be asking what i gave her as she fought to stay awake while i drove her back home.
     
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    Drying in a dehydrator works well, though much of the volatiles get evaporated too. Just don't make them too dry. Just for giggles, I lit some off and darned if it didn't smell like another kind of weed.
     
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    Just hang it upside down in bunches and let it dry. When it's dry, hold the stems in one hand and lower the bunch into a paper grocery bag. Crumple the leaves up with your other hand. Store in a mason jar out of direct light. :)
     
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    I steep mine in high proof alcohol for about a month to make a tincture.

    It's great for baking with.
     
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    We have catnip growing around the house. The cats get it for a treat and usually eat all of the fresh green leaves that I give them. I've not made tea from it, but can tell you that its pretty strong tasting when green.
     
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    Some Havana Club, lime, sugar, soda water, and muddled mint when it's time for harvest. Can't seem to grow enough around here to think of saving.:4:
     
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    I have a patch in the front yard. As far as it taking over the yard, it will without some precautions. We just mow it down at the edge of the patch and this has contained it for about the last 12 years.
    As far as harvest, I cut the stems before they flower and rinse in cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel and let them sit overnight on a bed of paper towel. Once the rinse water has mostly dried pluck the leaves and put in a paper bag and set somewhere dark and cool. after about 3 or 4 days the leaves are dry as they are going to get. I then store them in ziplocks in the freezer. The longest I have kept them is about 6 weeks with no ill effects.

    EDIT, I live in a low humidity area. I suppose if you are in a high humidity climate it will change things dramatically.
     
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    I either take single leaves or leave the leaves on the stem (optionally washing/rinsing) them, either way I just lay them out inside till they are dry, then store them in recycled plastic containers (butter, whipped cream, whatever size you need for the harvest). I am sure mason jars etc. will work just fine, but the plastic containers keep the light out, so no need to worry about where you store it. I have in the past hung it in bunches to dry, I find no difference. freezing should work, you can buy frozen herbs so.... I have kept dry mint for 2 - 3 years with no noticeable negative effects.
     
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    hhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    mojitos
     
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    I just pluck a few when wanted...

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    As for storage I just had a large spice jar that had holes in the kit and leave the lid cracked.

    Will toss up a picture later...

    Thanks,

    Jarrod
     
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