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.


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. (