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How To Preserve Fresh Mint & More Tips For Herbs[W/ IMAG
Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:59 amSemi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
I was annoyed very much by wasting fresh herbs because I couldn't use them up fast enough. So I started looking into ways to preserve fresh herbs by learning online and reading books. As a result, I have collected some practical and simple methods to do so. I haven't tried all of them yet, but I am very happy with the results of what I did try. Preserving mint in below two different ways allows mint to stay fresh longer than I thought it would be. Thought I would share.
This bunch of fresh mint has been staying in this fantastic status for 10 days as of September 17, 2013 when I took this photo. (Got it on September 8 according to my grocery shopping record.) I am confident that it’s going to last for at least another week before I finish it.
Here are two ways to do so:
Method #1 Treat Mint Like Flowers
1. Remove the rubber band that holds the mint together after you bring a fresh bunch home.
2. Trim the end of the stems by cutting off the leaves to allow some space at the cut ends. (Use these leaves for cooking or if you can’t use up all of them, there’s another way to keep them. Please refer to method #2.)
3. In a relatively tall container such as a jar or a mug, carefully stick the mint stems in and add enough water to cover the cut ends.
4. Cover loosely with a plastic bag and keep the contraption in your fridge.
Change water every two or three days. Just like basil, mint will probably root if you keep it long enough. This method can also be applied to store fresh scallion, parsley, and basil except that you don’t need to put basil into the fridge. Fresh herbs can last for a few weeks this way.
Method #2 Wrap Mint Leaves With A Damp Paper Towel
1. Lay mint leaves on a damp paper towel. If you find the paper towel is too wet, just gently wring out the water.
2. Wrap up the leaves with the paper towel and place it into plastic bag.
3. Make sure the plastic bag is big enough not to crush the leaves. Seal it.
Place the plastic bag in your fridge.
Mint can be stored for at least two weeks this way. It also works for most other herbs, I particularly use this method to store cilantro.
I have also compiled some other ways to store fresh herbs into this article. I am sure there are many more ways to treat fresh herbs in order to prevent waste. Would love to discuss this with you guys here, especially if you grow your own herbs.
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