How To Store Mint Leaves In Freezer? (quick & easy method revealed)

Let me ask you a question… does mint seem like one of those plants that is unjustly underappreciated (you can say that again)?

 

Unfortunately, the number of home cooks who swear by this particular spice is much too limited, which is a crying tragedy (smh). Just the sound of the word conjures up images of the herb’s light and refreshing aroma and taste.

 

This leads us to the question: how to store mint leaves in the freezer? After doing the research, here’s what I discovered…

 

Best Method: Mint leaves should be placed in a resealable plastic freezer bag if you want to freeze them. Place a single layer in the bag and press out all of the air before sealing it. Remember to label them with your name and the date you purchased them, and to use them within 6 months.

 

 

After doing more investigation, I discovered additional facts that you should be aware of, so please continue reading…

 

 

What is the purpose of freezing mint?


Summertime often provides something to be thankful for home cooks and amateur growers. After all, this is the time of year when fresh herbs, such as mint, are in particularly plentiful supply.

 

Of course, it would be impossible to use up all of it in a single season’s worth of activities. Having said that, adequate storage is essential in these trying times.

 

Simply wrap your mint leaves in a moist paper towel and place them in a paper bag if you want a more straightforward method of preparation.

 

Just be cautious not to seal too tightly, or you risk creating the conditions for mold to grow as a result of the moisture that has been retained.

 

Trim the mint leaves and pour them in a glass of water to serve as an alternative. However, it is important to note that freezing is still the most effective method.

 

This is particularly important if you want to ensure that your mint retains its intensity and freshness for the greatest amount of time. Freezing, in our opinion, is also the most effective way to utilize if you want to keep the majority of the herb’s natural color, taste, and texture.

FYI: I discovered that freezing is the most effective approach for extending the life of mint, despite the fact that there are other methods available, such as drying, that may be used to achieve the same result.

 

Mint Is Easy To Freeze


So, before we go any further, it’s important to note that the aim of freezing mint is to preserve the natural qualities of your herb so that you may utilize it later on.

 

In other words, it will have no effect on improving the overall quality of your plant. It is critical, then, to utilize the healthiest leaves available in order to get the finest outcomes possible.

 

Make certain that you are using mint leaves that are both fresh and of high grade. Avoid damaged, insect-bitten, and older leaves if at all possible. Almost certainly, the taste of their products has already been tampered with. As a result, freezing damaged leaves is a waste of time and effort.

 

The Most Effective Method of Freezing Whole Mint Leaves


The first approach allows you to  your mint in individual leaves, which is convenient. While this may need a bit more time and work upfront, it will prove to be beneficial in the long run.

 

Using entire leaves makes it simpler to measure and proportion ingredients when cooking since they are more uniform. Your frozen mint will be practically indistinguishable from fresh mint after going through this procedure…

The following is the procedure for freezing entire mint leaves:

 

Prepare the Mint Leaves — When arranging your mint leaves on your baking sheet, you must be quite precise. They need to be as flat as possible, but you also need to make sure that the leaves do not overlap one another. Keep in mind that overlapping leaves will be difficult to separate after they have frozen, and this will become a serious issue.


Cover the Mint Leaves Appropriately — Once the mint leaves have been placed out on the tray, you will need to make sure that they are well-protected. I suggest that you wrap your items in plastic wrap or wax paper. Make certain that the whole surface of your leaves is covered with leaves. They must be kept from slipping off the plate in order to succeed. Additionally, you don’t want any additional moisture or dirt to get into the system. For best results, freeze the mint leaves overnight in a zip-top bag or container.


Pack them into Freezer Safe Bags —  Make sure the mint leaves are completely frozen before putting them in the freezer. If the mint leaves have frozen firm, you may continue to the next step of transferring them. Using tongs, carefully lift the leaves off the tray and put them in the freezer-safe food storage bags. Before placing each bag back into your freezer, be sure to mark it with the contents.

 

 

3 Things You May Do To Save Fresh Mint For Later Use


1. Prepare a batch of Mint Sugar

 

Making mint sugar is simple, and it’s the ideal complement to fruit salads in the summer, iced tea, or, my personal favorite, sugar cookies or brownies. Take the leaves from around four sprigs of mint and either chop them in a food processor or pound them using a mortar and pestle until they are finely chopped and crumbly. After you’ve crushed and finely chopped the mint, gently pour in 1 cup of sugar, churning and mixing the whole time, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 2 to 3 days to enable the oils to permeate the sugar. Keep it in a cool, dry location and use it within a month after opening. Herbal sweets are wonderful presents for friends and family.

 

2. Prepare Mint for Herbal Tea by drying it

 

Even while there’s nothing quite like savoring mint leaves when they’re still fresh, drying or dehydrating the leaves is an alternative if you have a large amount of mint to deal with. Last year, I dried a large amount of mint, and I’ve been enjoying sips of brewed mint tea throughout the year as a result. Mint leaves may be brewed on their own or combined with other herbs to create a herbal mix. Those of us who have mint growing in our gardens must be creative in order to make use of the abundant supply. How are you preserving your mint or using it into your dishes in a unique and inventive way?

3. Put your mint in the freezer

 

If you want to preserve the freshness and brightness of mint, freezing it is one of the most effective methods of doing so while still preserving the majority of its natural texture, color, and taste. The three methods below are what I like to use to freeze my mint. I use ice cube trays filled with water to make stunning cocktails and delicious iced tea. I hang a leaf or two in each ice cube tray and fill with water. This approach is shown in the photographs above. I like putting a couple into a glass of lemonade to create a visually appealing cocktail. You could also add a squeeze of lemon juice to give it a little more taste. The other two freezing processes are a bit more practical in nature than they are aesthetically pleasing. In the conventional approach, fresh mint leaves are finely chopped before being placed in ice cube trays, with a few tablespoons of mint per cube tray. Fill with a little amount of water and place in the freezer. Freezer bags are ideal for storing ice cubes. Simply set the mint cubes in a sieve or chinois and allow the water to drain away until you are ready to use them. Use a vacuum sealer to get the best results possible. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to completely dry and seal the mint once it has been cleaned. Lay the bags flat in the freezer until they are completely frozen, then store them upright in the freezer to preserve space. My vacuum sealer was just recently acquired, so in the meantime, I simply pulled all of the air out of a frozen bag of mint with a straw and rapidly sealed the bag.

 

Related Questions:


1. Is it okay to freeze mint leaves without adding water?

 

Mint leaves should be placed in a resealable plastic freezer bag if you want to freeze them without water. Place a single layer in the bag and press out all of the air before sealing it. Remember to label them with your name and the date you purchased them, and to use them within 6 months.

 

2. What is the best way to store mint leaves for tea?

 

Chop the mint leaves (remove the stems) and pour 1-2 tablespoons of the chopped leaves into each chamber of an ice cube tray, filling each compartment almost halfway. Fill to the brim with water and place in the freezer. The cubes may be stored for up to three months in an airtight freezer bag or container in your freezer once they have frozen completely.

3. What is the best way to freeze mint sauce?

 

That’s a good question. This is when your ice cube tray will come in helpful. Fill each slot with your mint sauce, cover with plastic wrap, and save in the freezer for later use.

 

4. What is the best way to store mint paste?

 

Mint paste may be kept fresh for up to two weeks in an airtight jar in the refrigerator. Mint paste is believed to be beneficial to the digestive system.

 

Final Thoughts


So, class, what did we learn? We now know to freeze mint leaves in a sealed plastic freezer bag. Place a single layer in the bag and seal it.

 

Be sure to identify them with your name and the date of purchase. Summertime generally brings a bounty for home chefs and gardeners. After all, now is the season for fresh herbs like mint.

 

Of course, a season’s worth of activities wouldn’t use it all up. So enough stockpiling is critical in these difficult times. If you prefer a simpler way, just wrap your mint leaves in a damp paper towel and set them in a paper bag.

 

If you seal too firmly, the moisture trapped may cause mold growth. Trim the mint leaves and add them to a glass of water as a substitute. However, freezing is still the most efficient option. Enjoy the rest of your day, always stay safe, and treat others with kindness. Until next time!

How To Store Mint Leaves In Freezer? (quick & easy method revealed)