What do you do when you have a garden full of minty fresh plants that threaten to take over? You make your own homemade mint extract!
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.
To make your homemade mint extract:
- Harvest your leaves by snipping off the stem.
- Wash gently to remove any bugs or dirt.
- Dry thoroughly to remove any water.
- Slightly chop to “bruise” leaves to release oils.
- Place clean leaves in a quart sized jar, packing tightly.
- Cover with grain alcohol, such as vodka, leaving 1/2 inch headspace from the top of the jar.
- Cap tightly.
- Store in a cool, dark place for 2-3 weeks, shaking daily.
- After 3 weeks, strain out plant matter and bottle your extract.
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Do you make your own extracts? What’s your favorite one to make?