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You Will Need
- Paper bag
- Airtight containers
- Wooden frame
- Freezer containers
- Ice cube tray
Harvest before the plant flowers
Harvest your mint leaves before the plants flower. Mint leaves lose flavor after the plant flowers.
Pick in the morning
Pick in the morning hours when the leaves are tender and contain the most oil. Don't wash the leaves or you risk losing some of the oils, which give the leaves their taste and aroma.
Brush off any insects and clip sprigs from the plant with a pruner. Then tie bunches of sprigs together with string and hang them upside down in a paper bag in a dry, dark, and warm place. After a few days, crush and store in airtight containers.
Dry leaves on a screen
Build a wooden frame and stretch window screen over the frame. Pick only mature fresh leaves and spread them evenly over the screen so they don't overlap. Set the screen in the sun and allow the mint to dry. Then, crumble the leaves and store them in airtight containers.
Freeze in a pan
Pick mint leaves and spread them in a single layer in a pan. Put the pan in the freezer and, after they're frozen, store them in freezer containers.
Freeze in an ice cube tray
Put your mint leaves in an ice cube tray with a little water. Remove the cubes from the tray as you need them and run them under cold water to expose the mint. The leaves will be wilted, but can still be used to make tea or to add flavor to your favorite dishes.