Storing mint: dried

Harvest and Store
May 20, 2009

The previous post about storing mint is turned soon into one of the most popular, so I decided to post about another way to store mint and other herbs: dried.

The picture in this post are about five herbs: white mint, balm, horsemint, applemint, calamint. I store them together to prepare my Mint & herbs tea, one of my family's favourite.
Anyway, you can apply these tips to store mint or other herbs together or separately.

Mint leavesLet's start with the harvest: you shoud harvest mint several times each summer, pruning it a bit every time, before top leaves become hard. Tender and younger leaves will receive more sunlight and will grow better and faster.
After the harvest you can discard all stems and older or ruined leaves.

Wash the leaves and dry them well with a kitchen towel.

Dryed mintYou can use an an electric food dehydrator to dry herbs faster. I prefer to use it only for fruit or fleshy chili peppers, and dry herbs naturally.

Put the leaves on a large plate, and put them in a ventilated, not humid, dark place: sunlight can cause leaves to loose color and flavor.
After a week leaves will crumble between your fingers. Store in a jar or container, away from light and heat sources.

It's possible to grind dryed herbs before storing them: they will be ready to be used, but they will lose flavor.

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Author: Natashya (URL)

I have fresh mint in the garden, I didn t realize it dried well. Thanks!

Author: luisamaria.duzzi

io la faccio asciugare al sole ma adesso col tuo consiglio le mettero all ombra grazie luisa maria

Author: Graziana

Ciao Luisamaria, le erbe essiccate esposte direttamente al sole diventano marrone, all ombra o in penombra rimangono verdi.

Author: Neko

Questo blog è una miniera d oro! Grazie mille :) Piccolo chiarimento: se faccio essicare le erbe all aria posso metterci sopra un panno per proteggerle dalla polvere?

Author: Graziana

Ciao Neko, il panno lo sconsiglio perchè trattiene l umidità. Mettili in un posto in alto (per esempio sui pensili della cucina) solo per pochi giorni, le erbe non ci mettono tanto. Se devi farlo adesso e non hai un ambiente asciutto piuttosto usa un essiccatore o il forno a temperature bassissime.

Author: Neko

Grazie! ^_^

Author: Frency

Ciao, volevo fare una precisazione sulla conservazione e la raccolta. Innanzitutto le foglie essicate NON devono essere conservate in casa per più di 6 mesi, perchè anche se l aroma dura, vanno incontro ad una serie di trasformazioni enzimatiche che modificano i principi attivi facendole diventare anche tossiche, nel peggiore dei casi. Se le foglie vengono triturate, si ottiene quello che viene definito taglio tisana . Il taglio tisana fa perdere ulteriori principi alle foglie e per questo dovrebbero essere consumate ancora prima. Per quanto attiene la conservazione invece, questa andrebbe fatta rigorosamente in barattoli di vetro (è un materiale inerte e non interagisce con i pricipi attivi delle foglie) pulitissimi e scuri (ambrati). Ovviamente chiusi ermeticamente. I barattoli vanno conservati al buio e in un posto lontano dalla cucina al fresco (sotto i 23°C e con umidità inferiore al 60%). Infine, veniamo alla raccolta delle foglie: queste si raccolgono sempre prima della formazione dei fiori, sennò il principio attivo se ne va, il mattino presto e con tempo secco. Si devono raccogliere SOLO le foglie più vecchie, perchè le giovani contengono una sostanza che è epatotossica. Tutto questo per dire che non sempre naturale è buono ma che bisogna fare molta attenzione!!

Author: Graziana

Ciao Frency, grazie per le precisazioni, e complimenti per la passione!

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