Looking for a way to keep mint fresh & flavourful for longer? Freezing is a great option. Learn how to freeze mint effectively with 2 different methods.
- Start by washing the mint by adding it to a bowl of water and swilling it gently to dislodge any dirt. Any soil or muck will then sink to the bottom. Remove the mint and pick off the healthy-looking leaves.
- If you want to chop the mint before freezing then go ahead and do so. I recommend using the ice cube method if you prefer to chop it first.
- Fill up an ice cube tray with water until it is nearly full. Press a few pieces of mint into each well so that the leaves are completely submerged. Place the ice cube tray in the freezer and pop out a mint cube whenever you need one for your cooking.
- Dry the mint leaves with paper towel, or allow them to air dry. Spread the leaves out on a baking tray lined with parchment/baking paper. Place them in the freezer for at least an hour. Once frozen, place the leaves on a piece of paper towel and then add another piece of paper towel over the top. Pop into a freezer bag and freeze until required.
- Frozen mint will never return to the same state as fresh mint. It will be a little discoloured and limp when defrosted. Therefore, it is better to use frozen mint in recipes rather than as a garnish or in place of fresh whole leaves in drinks.
- Frozen mint will last for up to a year in the fridge. The ice cubes will tend to last longer than the leaves.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Category: How To
- Method: Freeze
- Cuisine: Herbs
- Serving Size: 5 leaves
- Calories: 2
- Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 0.5g
- Protein: 0g
Keywords: herbs, frozen, kitchen tips, how to