Easy step by step instructions on how to dry mint leaves to use for tea.
I start everyday with a cup of tea. Do you?
My morning always starts with a yawn. Then I waddle out of the bedroom with my comfiest bed shirt on.
I then continue to have a few cups of tea throughout the day. The kind of tea depends on the season and my mood. In Winter I might start with English Breakfast or Earl Grey. In the Spring it’s all about Green Jasmine. But the Summer is dedicated to Mint tea.
Mint tea can be enjoyed throughout the day. It’s not uncommon for me to make a cup while I’m making dinner to start to calm down for the day. It’s also not uncommon for me to make a cup of this in the afternoon when it’s “go time” with work but I need to stay sane.
It’s garden season so if you have a herb or vegetable garden chances are you might be growing mint. Mint is one of those plants that have a life of their own when it comes to growing all over. I found 2 mint plants recently that somehow survived our brutal winter and were happily growing and getting ready for Summer. Is there anything sweeter then the smell of a touch of your fingers on fresh mint? Mmmm. Mint can be easily dried to use for tea leaves. Many people hang their mint to dry but I’m both inpatient and sometimes out of space. With this method below you’ll solve all that as your mint will be ready in 2-3 hours.
Have fun drying your mint and enjoy that next cup of tea!
- Fresh Mint
- Pick mint, clean if needed. If cleaning, make sure to dry mint completely.
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees.
- Put mint in one layer on cookie sheet.
- Bake mint for 2-3 hours. Check at the 2 hour mark to see if mint is completely dry. If not, check every 15 minutes.
- Once out of the oven take mint and crumble leaves into a container.
- Store in jar, preferably in a dry dark cabinet shelf.
- When using for tea, use one teaspoon of dried mint leaves and steep for 3 minutes in hot water.
Before and After.