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Old 07-06-2012, 12:15 AM   #1
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Best way to store fresh mint?

I love fresh mint but it only seems to last 3-4 days in my fridge. I usually keep it in the plastic bag from the supermarket. Is there a better way to store it so it lasts longer?

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Old 07-06-2012, 12:26 AM   #2
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Cut off the bottom inch or so of stem, and put it in a glass of water, making sure leaves aren't under the water. Change out the water every day or so. You can keep it on the counter, or stick it in the fridge.

Some might root, and you can plant it! Mint is invasive, I grow mine in pots buried in the ground.
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:31 AM   #3
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Cut off the bottom inch or so of stem, and put it in a glass of water, making sure leaves aren't under the water. Change out the water every day or so. You can keep it on the counter, or stick it in the fridge.

Some might root, and you can plant it! Mint is invasive, I grow mine in pots buried in the ground.
I love the idea of keeping it in water on the counter. I'm hoping it's not toxic to cats because one of mine eats any plant in the house!
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I love the idea of keeping it in water on the counter. I'm hoping it's not toxic to cats because one of mine eats any plant in the house!
Catnip is actually a member of the mint family! And her breath should smell really good...
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Cut off the bottom inch or so of stem, and put it in a glass of water, making sure leaves aren't under the water. Change out the water every day or so. You can keep it on the counter, or stick it in the fridge.
Leave it on the counter long enough and it will grow roots. Then you can plant it and get more mint.

I did that back in April when I had two sprigs of mint left after making Margi's Roasted Beetroot, Feta Mint Mousse or Cottage Cheese or Ricotta

My mint plant is a half a meter tall now.
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I wonder if you could do this with mint. I have a Portuguese friend who keeps basil in a bowl of water. She puts the leaves under the water. It works great for about a week. Most cats won't bother to fish a plant out of water, even if they nibble every other plant they can find. Guess how I know.
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Wow. I didn't know you could plant it. How much sunlight does it need? I live in.a New York City apartment with poor light :(
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Not much light needed. I grow mine in my shade garden amongst the ferns and hostas. Be careful, plant it in a pot and dig that into a hole. It will take over!

You could probably plant it in a pot and grow it in a window.
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I wonder if you could do this with mint. I have a Portuguese friend who keeps basil in a bowl of water. She puts the leaves under the water. It works great for about a week. Most cats won't bother to fish a plant out of water, even if they nibble every other plant they can find. Guess how I know.
I wouldn't have the leaves underwater, they rot.
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Wow. I didn't know you could plant it. How much sunlight does it need? I live in.a New York City apartment with poor light :(
I don't know how much sunlight they need. Put it on a window sill and I think it will be okay.
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