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Mint

General Mint Info

Mint's strong flavor mixes well with very few other flavorings, but there are certain foods, particularly sweets and desserts, that it does complement nicely.

Short Term Mint Storage

You can either store them with the jar method or the paper towel method.

Jar method: partially fill a jar or a water glass with water; place the stem ends of the unwashed mint into the water in the container. Store the jar of mint in the refrigerator, cover loosely with a plastic bag. Change the water after several days if the water starts to discolor. Fresh mint will last up to 2 weeks or longer when stored this way.

Paper towel method: wrap fresh mint in a slightly damp paper towel and place in a plastic bag large enough not to crush the leaves. Place the bagged mint in the refrigerator; it will keep fresh for about 2 weeks.

Mint Long Term Storage

To freeze: remove the leaves and discard the mint stems. Fill every ice cube cavity of an ice cube tray with the mint leafs, then completely top off with water. Place in the freezer for 2 days; remove the mint cubes and transfer them into a freezer ziplock bag. Store the ziplock bag in the freezer for 2 months and use as needed.

Mint Side Notes

Mint is by no means a universal culinary flavoring: the French despise the herb, the English adore it, the Spanish and the Italians use it a little, and the cultures of the Middle East and of India use it heavily.
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