Only grow mint in pots, they told me.
It will take over your yard, they told me.
Good! I thought. I could use something that is largely indestructible in my gardens. Plus the bees like it.
So… This summer the mint might, or might not, have taken over the back yard.
Either way, I had plenty of mint to dry for mint tea!
Sort of like growing mint, drying mint is kind of idiot proof.
Take yourself, something to put the mint in, and a pair of scissors outside. A dog is neither necessary, nor helpful in this process.
See? This is the dog and the mint she stole.
Snip off as much mint as you want to deal with. I usually harvest my mint twice: In the Spring when I am ruthlessly trying to pull out enough mint so that some other things can grow in my garden, and in the Fall when things are dying anyway.
Word of warning: If you are foraging for mint, make sure that what you are harvesting actually IS mint, and not something else which may, or may not, be toxic. Also make sure that it has not been sprayed with chemicals.
I have a dog. Enough said.
I also have two children… who probably don’t pee in the garden.
I shake the mint to dry it, and lay it out on towels for a little while. It shouldn’t be dripping… but it doesn’t have to be dry, either. (We are drying the mint here, after all!)
Bind the mint into bundles. All the of mint stems in the bundles should be approximately the same size. For one thing, it looks neater, but it also keeps little stems from hiding under larger ones and possibly molding. Tape the bundles to something high enough that they won’t be in the way. These are taped to cupboard doors.
Wait some more.
Eventually the mint will become dry and crumbly. This mint has been drying for about three months. It might have been ready after two, but procrastination is the key–you don’t want to store it before it is completely dry.
Plus having drying bundles of herbs hanging in your kitchen makes it look cool and homestead-y.
Crumble the leaves and smaller stems off the larger stems.
Store the dried mint in a mason jar (like these *affiliate link). This batch made a little less than a quart of dried mint.
Now you are ready to make tea.
It is especially nice to have your own, homemade tea, because much of the tea you can buy at the store is sprayed with pesticides, and contain artificial flavors, so-called natural favors, and GMOs. Not cool!
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