Storing mint leaves properly allows you to enjoy the flavour and pleasant scent of the herb while it remains at its freshest state. Fresh mint leaves can be used in cooking, decorations and as air fresheners. When you store mint leaves, you want to keep them as fresh as possible so that you can retain the taste and aroma of the herb. Since mint needs to be used as close to the harvest date as possible, you can freeze the fresh leaves to enjoy them after the growing season ends.
Harvest the mint leaves in the morning. Cut the mint plant off at the ground. If you purchased fresh mint, untie the bundle.
Pluck the mint leaves from the stems carefully. Place the mint leaves in a colander.
Rinse the leaves off with clean running water.
Place the leaves on a layer of paper towels. Pat the leaves dry to remove the excess water.
Place the mint leaves on a baking tray. Place the baking tray in the freezer, and freeze the leaves for three to four hours.
Pour the mint leaves into a sealed freezer bag. Place them back into the freezer. Freeze the mint for up to three months.
Remove the mint from the garden or untie the mint bundle.
Dampen a paper towel slightly.
Wrap the mint leaves gently in the damp paper towel.
Place the fresh mint in a sealed plastic bag. Avoid sealing the bag all the way, so that the air can still circulate.
Store the mint in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Write the date on the plastic bags so that you can use the mint leaves within the suggested time frames.
Discard mint leaves that appear discoloured or have a rancid odour because they may have spoiled.