Fresh cut mint is often used in summer recipes, iced tea and as garnish for desserts. Many people like to grow their own mint in the herb garden, while others purchase bagged mint from the supermarket. But anyone regularly using fresh cut mint can be frustrated by how quickly it spoils. Once mint leaves wilt, they lose their potent flavor. With just a few short steps, you can preserve your mint for more than a week.

Fresh mint, wooden mortar and pestle.
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Fresh mint is often used in summer recipes.

Step 1

Select the freshest cut mint from your market or garden. If you find any dead or yellowing leaves, it may indicate the mint is not fresh and will not last as long as fresh mint.

Step 2

Rinse the mint under the faucet with cold water.

Step 3

Wrap the mint in a moistened paper towel. Place the towel in a plastic bag, but do not seal it all the way. Then place the bag in the vegetable drawer of your fridge.

Step 4

Purchase a greens or vegetable keeper meant to store fruits and vegetables. This vegetable keeper can also be used to keep cut herbs fresh. You can rinse your mint under cold water and place it into the greens keeper to keep your cut mint fresh for more than a week. Place the mint in the fridge until you're ready to use it.