I have this garden full of mint. I got a small plant one year from a “friend” and now, I can’t seem to control it. Had I known then what I know now about the invasive-ness of mint…I would go back, and plant it in a large pot, not just allow them to stick in the ground where it “would be pretty”. Oh, how naive I was about this evasive plant! It went EEEEVEEERRR-EEEE where!!!
Anyway, I digress. I decided that I am going to stop complaining about this mint, and go to work using it. I’ve made tea until I can’t drink anymore, and I already have mint jelly nightmares. So, I decided to try some homemade mint extract. Just like the vanilla extract but with mint leaves instead.
I harvested some of this annoying pretty mint, washed it, and pull of the dead leaves.
Slightly chopped to “bruise” leaves to release oils.
Stuffed into a jar, and covered with vodka. (yeah, I always have vodka on hand…really, it’s for extracts and tinctures…honest!)
And, a couple of weeks later, mint extract! Strain the leaves and decant into a smaller bottle and work like a mad woman to find recipes to use this in, besides homemade peppermint patties…
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