Mint leaves can be added to an enormous number of dishes and drinks for an extra dash of flavor, and it is used in chicken, lamb, fruits, tea and certain alcoholic beverages. Fortunately, mint leaves can be frozen for later use. Freezing them allows them to be used months later while still retaining their original flavor. The ability to freeze the mint leaves is very useful if you simply have more mint leaves than is necessary in a particular recipe. Rather than throwing away the excess mint, you can save it for later.
Rinse the leaves in a sink and pat them dry. All herbs, plants and fruit should be washed under running water before cooking with them.
Place whole or chopped up leaves in an ice cube tray, and add water. Ideally you should fill each slot in the tray halfway with mint leaves to allow an ice cube to properly form around the mint. Put this tray in the freezer. Freezing the leaves in ice will retain their natural green color.
Remove the mint ice cubes from the tray after they have completely frozen. Put the cubes in the zip-top bag, and put them back in the freezer.
Thaw the mint cubes before using them in recipes or foods. The mint ice cubes themselves can also be dropped into cold beverages.
James Wiley graduated from Providence College in 2009 as a double major in global studies and Spanish. Wiley's capstone thesis paper was published in the Providence College database. He has also competed in international script-writing competitions and coauthored a pilot which placed in the top 15 percent of international entries over the past year.
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