The smell of fresh mint brings to mind my summer garden, even in the middle of winter. Mint can be used in many ways including flavoring your favorite drink, which would be sweet tea for me.
Although mint is very easy to grow, with fall on its way fresh mint leaves will be hard to come by. So, how about preserving your own before the temps begin to dip? It is so easy to do. All you need are some sprigs of mint, ice cube trays and a freezer.
I have a pot of ‘apple’ mint growing in my garden, which I like to use in my ice tea. (Because mint can take over a garden, I keep mine in a container to keep it in check.)
1. Cut some sprigs of mint and bring them indoors and lightly rinse them in water.
2. Grab some empty ice trays and start picking off individual mint leaves.
You can almost smell the refreshing mint through your computer screen, can’t you?
3. Fill the ice cube tray with mint leaves and then add water.
4. Put them into the freezer for a few hours.
5. Remove the frozen mint cubes and store them in a plastic freezer bag.
Whenever you would like to enjoy the fresh taste of mint, simply grab a few ‘mint’ cubes out of the freezer and enjoy! You can use this method for flavoring drinks and food anytime of year. This would be a great idea to dress up your beverages just before a party.
**Freezing mint is just one of the many types of herbs that you can freeze. You can read my previous post about freezing herbs, “Preserve Fresh Herbs By Freezing Into Ice Cubes”.
What would you like to preserve in your freezer?