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Mint leaves in ice cubes

How to Freeze Mint

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Diet: Vegetarian


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.



  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Either:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.


  1. 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.
  2. 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