How do you prepare fresh peppermint leaves for tea?

And how do you preserve the ones that you won’t use immediately, without having them lose their flavour? I’d like to use fresh leaves for my tea instead of the bags you buy already made. The fresh ones come in a bundle that are impossible to use all at once, however. So, I was wondering how I could save the other ones for future tea purposes? I was also wondering how many I should use for a small pot of tea.

Thanks in advance.

Answer #1

First, you remove the leaves from one long sprig of peppermint and wash them thoroughly. Then, you crush them with your fingers before putting them in the pot. You can roll the leaves up and squeeze them, which releases the natural oils in the leaves. Next, add 2 cups of water to the pot. Bring the water to a boil and let your peppermint tea simmer for a few minutes. The water should turn a yellowish color. Strain the tea into a cup, mug, glass…whatever you use. You can add some honey and lemon to your tea to sweeten, and add more flavor to your tea.

To store, and preserve fresh peppermint leaves…simply wrap them in a damp paper towel and place it inside of a loosely closed Ziploc bag, or the plastic bags you get at the supermarket. Then just put it in the refrigerator. It should keep fresh for several days.

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