How to Keep Fresh Cut Mint Fresh

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Fresh cut mint is often used in summer recipes, iced tea and as garnish for desserts. Many people like to grow their own mint to save money while others purchase bagged mint from their local market. But for those familiar with using fresh cut mint, it can be very frustrating how short a life span cut mint has. Once cut, mint can wilt and rot very quickly. At this point, it has lost all its potent flavor and must be thrown away. With just a few short steps, you can preserve your mint for over a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh cut mint Paper towel Closable plastic bag Greens fruit or vegetable saver
  • Select the freshest cut mint from your market or garden. If you find any dead or yellowing leaves, it may indicate the mint is not fresh and will not last as long as fresh mint.

  • Rinse the mint under the faucet with cold water.

  • Wrap the mint in a moistened paper towel. Place the towel in a plastic bag and seal it, and then place the bag in the vegetable drawer of your fridge.

  • Purchase a greens or vegetable keeper meant to store fruits and vegetables (see Resources below). This keeper can also be used to keep cut herbs fresh. You can rinse your mint under cold water and place it into the container to keep your cut mint fresh for over a week. Place the mint in the fridge until you're ready to use it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure not to put other items on top of the mint when storing it in the fridge. Once a mint leaf is crushed, it may rot more quickly.

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