Mint imparts a refreshing flavour to drinks such as mint juleps, teas and mojitos. Mint offers a memorable flavour note to classic and gourmet recipes including chutney, tabbouleh, cucumber salads, chilled soups and pork, lamb and potato dishes. The University of Nebraska advises taking care when chopping fresh herbs in a food processor so that you don't end up with a paste. Whether you grow your own mint or purchase it from a market's fresh herb section, use a few tricks to chop the mint leaves in a blender for drinks, cooking or homemade personal care products.
Wash the mint in a colander or by holding the stems of mint under running water.
Cut or tear the mint leaves off their stems.
Drop the mint leaves into your blender's food processor attachment or into the blender urn.
Press the "Chop" or "Low" button. Use the blender's "Pulse" button to stop and start the chopping to help chop the mint leaves evenly or stop and start the blender with the power button. Use brief pulses and watch the leaves to keep from chopping them too fine.
Stop the blender and scrape the sides of the food processor or urn with a spatula to push the mint leaves back down to the blades.
Press "Chop" or "Low" and use the "Pulse" button or power button to run the mint leaves through another chopping cycle. It may be necessary to repeat the process of pushing the leaves down to the blades and chopping several times to achieve chopped mint leaves in a blender urn.
Press the "Pulse" or power button as briefly as possible until you get used to how fast the blender chops the mint leaves. A food processor attachment chops mint leaves faster because it has wider blades and the short container keeps the mint closer to the chopping action. It's more efficient to chop mint leaves with liquid. If you're using the mint leaves in a recipe, add the desired liquid to the mint leaves in the blender. A small amount of water works well for most uses. It helps to keep the leaves moving so blender chops them evenly. Cut mint right before you want to use it for peak flavour. Select young leaves. Older leaves tend to be tougher and may be bitter.
Make sure the blades have stopped before inserting a spatula or any tool in a blender. Never put your hand in the blender.