Drying mint by hanging it for natural air-drying is something not all of us can do, but there is another method that offers good results: in the oven. This method can be used to make mint flakes or dried leaves.
Time Required: 2-4 hours
- Wash the mint thoroughtly and carefully in cold water without removing the stems.
- Dry it very well, using paper towels or other absorbent towels.
- When dry, carefully remove the leaves from the stems.
- Place the leaves on a cookie sheet in a 180F (80C) oven for 2 to 4 hours
- Once it's very dry, it can be crumbled by hand or through a screen, or the leaves can be left whole.
- Store the dried mint in airtight glass, plastic, metal, or ceramic containers, away from light and heat.
- If there's any doubt as to whether the washed mint is dry before putting it in the oven, err on the side of caution and either pat it dry again or wait a while until any remaining moisture evaporates. Putting it in the oven while moist will cause it to lose its taste and aroma.
- Don't use a porous substance as a storage container (paper, cardboard, etc.) since it can absorb the mint's aromatic oils.
- For a few days after drying and storing, check the containers for any sign of moisture. If there is moisture, dry it again. Moisture can cause the mint to mold.
What You Need
- Fresh mint
- Paper or other absorbent towels
- Cookie sheet
- Storage containers