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« on: August 29, 2010 12:53:51 AM »

So I recently started an herb garden and one of the things I planted was some mint. Specifically peppermint. Now that the mint is thriving and taking over the planter, I need to find more things to do with it. I wanted to use it to make mint extract, but can't seem to find any solid tutorials or how-to guides on the topic. Most mint recipes call for mint extract and not the actual mint leaves themselves. Other suggestions for recipes involving mint are welcome.

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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2010 04:59:56 AM »

I found this on Cooks.com...

Mint Extract:

To make mint extract, obtain a pound or so of fresh spearmint or peppermint leaves (harvest them at noon time on a sunny day), wash them well and crush/bruise the leaves. Add these to a quart sized canning jar of vodka and place in the sun. Using a piece of well-washed, new cheese cloth, strain (and discard) the leaves from the infusion after three to four weeks.

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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2010 08:23:31 PM »

How about using the mint leaves to make mint chocolate ice cream? 

What I like to do is make a crme anglaise (for the ice cream base), add 1 to 2 cups of mint leaves and let steep in the custard for about 1 hour.  When cool, remove the leaves (be sure to wring out as much as you can out of the leaves), and refrigerate the mixture overnight in a covered container.  What you will have is a refreshing, minty, herbaceous ice cream base.  It also takes on a lovely pale green colour.

Now it's ready to turn into ice cream!   


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« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2010 05:10:03 AM »

You can use the leaves as an edible garnish for chocolate cakes, cut them and dry them for various other things (mint tea is what comes immediately to mind), and there are plenty of non-dessert recipes that really benefit from a touch of mint added (think stew or pot roast).

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