Thursday, October 1, 2009

Drying Mint: Where There's a Will, There's a Way

Problem #1: Mint grows like crazy, and there’s a ton of it in my garden.

Problem #2:
Even if we used mint twice every day, there would be more than we could ever use.


Problem #3:
Mint will stay in the refrigerator for several days, but not much more.


Solution #1:
Dry the fresh mint, allowing for its future use. (The same can be done with most herbs.)


Problem #4:
I didn’t have any string, on which I wanted to hang the stems of mint. (Letting air circulate among the mint leaves helps them dry.)


Solution #2:
Tape a bamboo skewer between walls (see photo) and hang the mint on the skewer.


Moral of the story:
When cooking, even if you don’t have the exact ingredient or kitchen utensil needed, there’s usually something that can be used in its place.

2 comments:

Robin Sue said...

Rob your mint will make a wonderful tea, I'm jealous. I almost put mint in my flower beds until my mom stopped me and said to keep it in pots. I hope the seeds do not escape!!

Anonymous said...

Rob, are you involved somehow with helping to try and bring healthy food to NYC schools? My son is a student of Voice Charter School (within PS 111 in Queens)--I would love to try and figure something out for them. I am a professional cook. (fayefood.com fayedelicious.blip.tv)