How to Dry Mint with Kinkai Dehydratoradmin
Mint develops a wonderful aroma when dried. And that’s not all: dried mint keeps for months, if stored properly it can even last for years. In this article, we dedicate ourselves to the drying of the mint with all facets.
Spearmint (whether it’s peppermint, spearmint, or any other species of mint) is not only a very versatile herb, it often grows profusely and in excess, which is why the issue of preservation often arises. Although mint can also be frozen well, the easiest and most space-saving solution is to dry it. In the following, we explain different methods and separately how to dry mint.
Preserve mint – these are the possibilities
The easiest way to dry mint is in a dehydrator, but there are of course other methods of drying mint. There would be:
- Freezing works wonderfully if you keep the following in mind. Dry the whole sprouts separately in the freezer. Only when they are dry can you pack them up and they won’t stick together. Alternatively, you can freeze individual leaves with water or oil in an ice cube tray.
- The microwave is less suitable for preserving mint. Too much aroma is lost here and the ingredients also suffer. Therefore I cannot recommend this method.
- The oven is rather unsuitable for drying mint, as we need very low, constant temperatures of around 35 degrees. The door should also be slightly open to allow moisture to escape. If you agree to this energy-intensive method, the mint will be dry after just 40 to 50 minutes. (Are the leaves rustling? Then they’re dry!)
- Mint can also be dried in the fresh air, even in whole sprouts. It is best to hang upside down in a dark, warm place. But that takes time and high temperatures that are as constant as possible – and shade. Drying can take a day or more. The rustle test helps here too.
Dry mint – this is how it works
- If possible, dry, clean mint leaves
- Cut off whole shoots with a sharp knife or scissors. If the mint is outside, it is best not to do so in the morning, as the morning dew makes it difficult to dry. The mint should be very ripe and already budding, then it is particularly aromatic.
- Do not wash mint shoots. Remove individual leaves from the shoots and place them next to each other on a drying rack in the dehydrator.
- Like all herbs, mint is best dried at low temperatures. 35 degrees is ideal, but good results can also be achieved with 40 degrees.
- Mint leaves are usually very thin, so expect good results in as little as an hour. Do the rustling test: Take several sheets of paper and gently press them together. Do they rustle like dry leaves? Then they are completely dry. If not, try again after 15 more minutes.
- When it comes to storage, the drier and more protected from the sun, the better. An airtight jar is best. Then dried mint is aromatic and good to enjoy for a year and longer.