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Harvest Herbs before the frost sets in πŸ’š

November 22, 2015

Thanks to my dearest father our garden is bursting with herbs and salads! Even now as the cold weather draws in there is rocket, coriander and mint growing in abundance. 

  
This morning it snowed in the UK and the weather is getting very cold indeed so I decided it was time to clear the herbs and salads before the frost set in. Mint is plentiful and I decided to harvest it all.

  
Harvesting mint before the frost ruins it’s lovely luscious leaves is a very good idea as you don’t want all that flavour to go to waste. Drying fresh mint is not only fun but it’s a great way to bottle up all the flavour to use all over the winter months. 

Drying fresh mint is super easy and can be achieved in a few easy steps. I’m not the most patient person in the world so much prefer the oven drying method, there are other ways however if you can wait such as hanging the mint in a cool dry place.

The oven drying method is as follows –

Fresh mint to Dry mint

  1. Collect the mint from your garden. I choose to cut from the stem.
  2. Remove the leaves and wash thoroughly.
  3. Dry the mint leaves.
  4. Preheat oven to 170 degrees centigrade.
  5. Place dried leaves on a baking tray on baking parchment or silver foil.
  6. Leave in oven to bake for 30 minutes occasionally take out and turn leaves over so all are dried evenly.
  7. Leave to cool then crumble with your fingers.
  8. Use foil or parchment as a funnel to pour dried mint carefully into jars.
  9. Place in a dry jar and cover with a lid.

  

VoilΓ , freshly dried mint to use in soups, salads, as tea and anything really! Mint adds such great flavour. Yum! xxx

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2 Comments
  1. Great idea! It’s spring here so my mint is just starting to poke it’s green leaves out, can’t wait until we get an abundance.

    • Thank you! Lucky you, I miss Spring already, mint grows so quickly I bet you will have so much of it! πŸ’šπŸ˜˜

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