How to dry peppermint for tea

October 14, 2010 | By | Comments (1)

It’s harvest time (do I hear Bringing in the Sheaves?), and we’re clipping the peppermint in our outdoor kitchen to dry for tea, because one of these days soon, it’s gonna cool off around here and a hot cuppa will hit the spot. Here’s how to dry your own mint.

MintPot
Peppermint, ready for a haircut

Clip the mint and give it a good bath.

Rinse
A bientôt, bugs

Take handfuls, wrap a rubber band around each one, and hang them up somewhere out of the sun to dry. I thumbtacked the bundles to the wall above my desk.

Wall
 Looks nice, eh? Smells good, too.

Wait about a week until the leaves are good and crisp. Then scrunch the bundles to loosen the dry leaves from the stalks.

Scrunch
It helps to work over a big bowl.

Squeeze the leaves to break them up into little bits, and pull out the little stems.

BowlOMint
 Wow, all that mint goes down to this.

Tea
  Okay, winter, bring it on!

P.S. We like the strong mintiness of peppermint for tea, but here are six more mint varieties you can think about growing for drying and cooking.

COMMENTS

  1. Erika

    Thanks for this! Next time I forget to water my herbs in a heat wave, I’ll just think of them as tea fodder.

    October 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm

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