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I have mint all over my garden and would love some way to use it up instead of just pulling it. Any ideas???
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wow that's a tough one. have a mojito/mint julep party!!??! some pesto recipes call for mint along with other herbs, you could make up a bunch and freeze it. hard to think of many things that use a lot of mint!
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Mint is a staple in our house.

Authentic Lebanese Tabouli calls for:
3 Bunches of Italian Parsley
1 Bunch of fresh mint
3 tomatoes
1 bunch green onions
1/4 cup soaked bulgar wheat
Lemon juice
Olive oil
Salt to taste

Mint is good in all kinds of salads!

You can try it with cucumbers in Yogurt with a little garlic

You can add chopped mint to Lemonade. It is very yummy!

What you have left over you can dry and use as seasonings
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Add it to fruit salad
put it in iced tea
mint jelly

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I'm right there with you, with the abundance of mint. I can't give it away fast enough, and I fear putting it in my compost because the darned stuff will just root in there...

Anyhow, I made mint chocolate chip ice cream for my DH. I used about a cup of fresh leaves to make a 1/2 gallon of ice cream. I threw them in the blender with a little bit of milk and chopped them up nice and fine. DH thought it was great.

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wow that's a tough one. have a mojito/mint julep party!!??!
That's what I was thinking!

I'm envious - our lemon balm is crowding out our mint (if you can imagine that) and I haven't had a chance to pull it since I recently had a baby!

I like to dry it on very low heat in the oven (or in a dehydrator) and use it for tea.

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I dry it by putting it on a cookie sheet in the hatchback of my car, on a hot day, out of direct sunlight. The car on a hot day gets to the perfect temperature for drying herbs.

Then I put it in little jelly jars, and put pretty labels on it, and give it away at Christmas time as Mint Tea, with a little tea ball to go with it. It makes a nice gift.

I do the same with oregano-- put it in little jars, along with a jar of dried hot peppers and a jar of dried basil, and call it a "pizza topping kit."

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Mint jelly, mint pesto, mint tea are the three that came to mind first.

But you can also make mint liqueur, mint extract, Mint chimichurri, mint syrup, mint chocolate sauce, etc. I even found a recipe for a minted pineapple lime marmalade that looked yummy.

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Oooh!! Fabulous ideas! Thanks!

(I have a liqueur cookbook -- didn't think about that!! Yummy...)
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I love minted peas!
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Lots and lots of Mojitos.

oh, now I see tara already gave you that idea.

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What I really love is just taking a bunch of mint and mashing it up a bit in a big tea pitcher and then just pouring cold water over it

It is slightly flavored not sweet mint water.

I love it I drink a pitcher a day.

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One of the tastiest and prettiest things I ever made was an indian curry that I finished with about half a quart of plain yogurt into which I had coarsely pureed many handfuls of mint. The color combo of the bright green mint, turmeric and white yogurt was just stunning.

Lots of mint sun tea? Thats what my mother used to do. I drink lots of herb water - like another poster, just herbs in cold water. Lemon balm and mint are my fave.
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I totally forgot to tell you what I tend to do when I have a bunch of mint that's going to go to waste. I make mint honey. We use it instead of mint jelly - no white sugar and it takes a fraction of the time to make. Bruise/rough chop your mint, pack it into a jar, heat your honey up, pour it into the jar, being sure you don't have air bubbles. Let it cool. Makes a fabulous sauce for lamb, or goes great in tea.

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Citrus salad with mint is super yummy. Grapefruit and orange segments mixed with yogurt, honey and mint.

And mint juleps are fantastic. Yum.
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And mint juleps are fantastic. Yum.
Yum.

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Thai mint leaf chicken is my main reason for keeping mint around in the first place!
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I have a TON of mint growing near the creek behind our house. Thank you!
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I usually make a pot of mint tea with it when mine goes crazy. I do love looking with dried mint too.
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Ooh, Thai mint chicken? I've never heard of that. Any chance of the recipe?

I recently discovered that mint is great in Greek salad. Lots of chopped up mint and lots of chopped up parsley, plus all the usual ingredients. So tasty!

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Mmmm...I have lots of mint too!

There's an awesome recipe for a fresh mint chutney (Indian). Here's a link to the recipe. http://books.google.ca/books?id=Mdfa...page&q&f=false
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I'm going to try the mint water!

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I got this recipe out of an old cookbook year ago. I wish I could remember the name. I took all my favorite recipes and for lack of space, got rid of so many books. I thought it would be too much minty flavor, but I was wrong. I always have someone ask for this recipe when I bring it to a party.

 

MINT SALSA

 

2 cups loosely packed mint leaves, washed, dried & finely chopped

12 oz ripe tomatoes, seeded & chopped

2 medium cloves garlic, minced

1 small jalapeno, seeded, deribbed, chopped

2 Tbs finely chopped onion

2 Tbs fresh lime juice (I have been known to use ReaLime)

1 tsp kosher salt

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

 

Place all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until thoroughly combined. allow to stand for about 30 minutes and season to taste.

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Mock Mint Julep•4 Mint sprigs, rinsed and stems discarded•1.5 cups sugar•2 cups cold water•3/4 cup lemon juice•1 1/2 quarts ginger ale •Lemon slices In a medium bowl, combine sugar, water, and lemon juice. Then, stir in the mint leaves and let stand for about 30 minutes. Strain over ice into a pitcher filled with ice cubes. Add ginger ale and lemon slices. Serve


Mojito Freeze
1 cup finely crushed pretzels
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 pkg. (8oz.) cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sugar
zest and juice from 1 large lime
2 tbsp. finely chopped mint
2 cups thawed cool whip, divided


1. Mix pretzel crumbs and butter. Press into bottom of plastic wrap-lined 9 inch round pan. Freeze until ready to use. (I also have used pie pans and not lined them, and it turned out fine).
2. Beat cream cheese, sugar, zest, juice, and mint with mixer until well blended. Whisk in 1 1/2 cups cool whip, spoon mixture over crust.
3. Freeze 4 hours. Use plastic wrap to remove dessert from pan. Top with remaining cool whip (I sometimes skip the extra cool whip) Optional: garnish with a lime slices and mint







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Mojitos...oh I so wish!
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I've also had some luck (and a lot of fun) freezing mint into ice cubes, a la this blog:

http://aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/2...o-freeze-mint/

as a bonus, I think the leaves look so beautiful in the cubes!

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