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northfifeduckling

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Fife
    • North Fife Blog
preserving mint
« on: August 21, 2010, 11:20:55 am »
does anyone have any tips how to preserve mint which also preserves the flavour- obviously other methods than drying it  ;D?
there is only so much mint sauce one can eat and freezing which works fine with parsley and chives did turn my mint into a tastelss mush last year... :&>

hexhammeasure

  • Joined Jun 2008
    • golocal food
    • Facebook
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2010, 12:11:49 pm »
I have never tried it myself but herb infused oils are the rage at the moment...
Ian

Frieslandfilly

  • Joined Apr 2009
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2010, 07:03:24 pm »
chop it up and put it in ice cube trays with a little water, defrost when needed

dizzy1pig

  • Joined Jan 2010
  • Leuchars, Fife
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2010, 08:15:16 pm »
mint jelly is nice :wave:

Frieslandfilly

  • Joined Apr 2009
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2010, 07:57:50 pm »
was reading today about sugaring it, i suppose it depends on what you want to save it for as this way would be quite sweet

Greenerlife

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Leafy Surrey
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2010, 06:59:07 pm »
I know you said "not drying" but I find it is easily the best way to preserve the flavour.  I do mine in a microwave so it gets done quickly!

Lots of mint sauce too - saves until next years mint is ready! (Although my mint has been rubbish this year - needs thinning in its huge pot I think)


faith0504

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Cairngorms
  • take it easy and chill
    • blaemuir cottage
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2010, 07:00:58 pm »
please can you explain how you do it in the microwave?

Greenerlife

  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Leafy Surrey
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2010, 09:16:57 pm »
Not very technical I'm afraid! Put leaves between two sheets of kitchen roll and microwave until "crisp".  The kitchen roll absorbs the extra moisture, so it's a bit hit and miss with the timing/quantity.  You'll need to give it a few seconds when testing it, to cool down as it only crisps when cold.  Good luck!

faith0504

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Cairngorms
  • take it easy and chill
    • blaemuir cottage
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2010, 09:20:48 pm »
thanks so much for that will give it a go :wave:

northfifeduckling

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Fife
    • North Fife Blog
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2010, 06:45:54 pm »
just found HFW's mint syrup recipe in the weekend mag - will try that, sounds yummy! :&>

Blonde

  • Joined Mar 2011
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2011, 07:51:20 am »
does anyone have any tips how to preserve mint which also preserves the flavour- obviously other methods than drying it  ;D?
there is only so much mint sauce one can eat and freezing which works fine with parsley and chives did turn my mint into a tastelss mush last year... :&>
you can make a wine

Hermit

  • Joined Feb 2010
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2011, 11:29:17 pm »
Sweet Mint Pickle is a yummy alternative to mint sauce.Just google it and my recipe on RC should magically appear.

Beewyched

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • South Wales
    • tunkeyherd.co.uk
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2011, 02:51:19 pm »
Has anybody's mint started growing yet this year?  We had a huge patch at the edge of the woods (that must have escaped from previous tenants gardening patch) I'm sure the piggies couldn't get to all of it, I even told them "apples for piggies, mint for sheep"  ;D ;D ;D but there's no sign of it - is it too early or is my pork going to be tainted  ;)
Tunkey Herd - registered Kune Kune & rare breed poultry - www.tunkeyherdkunekune.com

Eggs, Chicks & Hens

  • Joined Feb 2011
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2011, 03:44:32 pm »
Mine is just showing signs of growth.  :farmer:

Beewyched

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • South Wales
    • tunkeyherd.co.uk
Re: preserving mint
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2011, 03:48:50 pm »
There's hope yet then  :)  I will try a re-con when this weather breaks - sleet horizontal at moment  ::)
Tunkey Herd - registered Kune Kune & rare breed poultry - www.tunkeyherdkunekune.com

 

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