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I wanted to plant mint in my garden for one reason this year – this ice cream. I saw it last year, and bookmarked it. I wasn’t able to find any fresh mint, so I decided to plant some myself. Just for this ice cream.

Well, as luck would have it, I can’t even make that ice cream now. Being pregnant, homemade, custard based ice creams are on the “no” list. So what is a girl to do with her surplus of mint now?

Seriously, this mint is taking over my garden. I can’t believe how much it has grown. It’s almost covering my sage, and starting to take over a bell pepper plant. Every time I go out to the garden, I keep thinking that I will cut it back, but I can’t bring myself to cut any away when I’m not going to be using it. I’m trying to make sure every morsel of food gets eaten or given away.

So now I need your help. Do you remember way back when I needed your help with my leftover leeks? Well, I now need your help with this mint. The game is the same – leave a link or a recipe to your favorite recipe featuring mint, and I’ll do a little “round-up” at the bottom of this post. I’m actually planning on doing one of these posts once a week for the next month – featuring a different item in my garden – just so things don’t go to waste!
So sweet or savory, share your mint recipes!!

**UPDATE** Thanks everyone for your great suggestions! I’ll keep adding as long as they keep coming. I have been told my a few commenters that mint should only be planted in a container because it’s so evasive. If only I would have known!! :) I’ve been keeping an eye on mine so that it doesn’t go too crazy, but for future knowledge, I know to plant it in a container now!!

Mary at Shazam in the Kitchen brings us 3 recipes!! Lamb Chops with Yogurt Mint Sauce, Grilled Eggplant with Garlic Cumin Vinaigrette, and Grilled Chicken, Red Onion and Mint Kebabs. I’m already excited!

Laura from Cult of Domesticity has lots of suggestions as well. The first 2 come from Martha Stewart’s website – Orzo with Mint and Peas and Watermelon Salad with Rum and Mint. Naturally, I’d be leaving the rum out, but it sounds so refreshing!! She also loves making mojitos and virgin mojitos. Even when I’m not pregnant, I don’t drink, but I’ll take a virgin!!

My absolute favorite thing to do with mint is to make mojitos and virgin mojitos. I’m loving the virgin mojitos this summer and don’t even miss the rum that much.

In a tall glass muddle a couple lime wedges, a small handful of mint leaves, and about 2 tablespoons of white sugar (yes, it’s a lot of sugar). When it’s all mashed together, add a shot of white rum (I like Appleton Estate) and ice and then fill to the top with soda water or lime seltzer. garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint. For pregnant ladies, just leave out the rum.

The other way I make mojitos is using my favorite secret bar ingredient–frozen limeade concentrate. This is especially good for making mojitos for a crowd. In a pitcher muddle together mint leaves (a big handful for a crowd) and a couple teaspoons of granulated sugar (the sugar granules help break down the mint and release it’s juice). Add about a 1/2 can of the frozen limeade concentrate and mix together. Then add rum, ice, and fill the rest of the picther with soda water or lime seltzer. Garnish with limes and mint. (Note: some people don’t like how the mint gets stuck in their glass/teeth. You can strain the mojitos before serving if need be).


Smileygem suggests freezing the mint so that I can make my ice cream after the baby is born. Does anyone have any experience with this?

Veronica from Veronica’s Test Kitchen eats her mint with other herbs on kebabs. I see my husband grilling in the future!!

jb from Rice and Wheat shows us some gorgeous Vietnamese Spring Rolls. I have been thinking of trying to make spring rolls lately, and now I know I can add mint!

Mary Ann from Meet Me in the Kitchen made a Watermelon, Lime and Mint Granita that sounds so delicious and refreshing!

Susan from Food Blogga loves her mint in fruity salsas. Or this Asian Noodle Salad with Tofu and Mango that sounds amazing.

Glamah from Coco Cooks gives a great suggestion to make a mint syrup – a simple syrup infused with mint – to save to make desserts for later. Or you could use the syrup to make a mint granita or sorbet.

Regina makes a refreshing mint water by just adding torn or crushed mint to water. Yum!

Elle from Feeding My Enthusiasms knows just how to dry the mint. Microwave it on very low power between paper towels, and then you can put it in an airtight jar or freeze it. What a great way to preserve it!

Nina from My Easy Cooking is another one with lots of suggestions. 1 – Fresh chopped mint, lemon zest. juice of lemons, olive oil and a splash of balsamic. 2 – Salmon fish cakes – I serve it with greek yogurt with lots of fresh mint. 3 – Ginger beer – I serve it with a sprig of mint.

Peabody from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody used her chocolate mint in a panna cotta. That sounds like a dream!

Grace from A Southern Grace also suggests using it in a fruit salad. I think you’re onto something here!!

Tom from Under the Tamarind Trees says that if it is mild, it can be used as a vegetable in Asian soups and salads.

Poonam from Cooking Adventures makes a chutney – coriander, garlic, green chillies, some cumin powder & salt. She says this is a great dressing for any bean salad.

The Recipe Girl gets the award for the most recipe suggestions, including Fresh Mint and Ginger Lemonade, Watermelon Mint Margaritas, Vegetable Goat Cheese Spread, Cranberry Mojitos, and My Big Fat Greco-Inspired Burgers. Again, I’ll have to make my drinks virgin, but every one of these recipes sound great!

Cathy at Noble Pig will put mint in a cucumber salad or on strawberries with a bit of sugar. I’ve got some strawberries, so I will be trying this one!

Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod also likes mint in her berries with some fresh lemon or lime juice. This one has been suggested enough that I know it’s good, and I haven’t even tried it yet!!

Pamela from Work in Progress eats hers on a sandwich – canned beets(not pickled), feta cheese, red onion,salt and pepper, and mint on a good roll. If you must have meat you can have salami on it but so not necessary. What a fun and different sandwich!

Domestic Diva from The Kitchen Notebook makes a Green Pea and Mint Pesto with Pasta. I just ran across another mint pesto in a cookbook, but I love her addition of green peas!

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39 Responses to My Mint is Taking Over!

  1. Mary says:

    I was actually really worried about my mint taking over when I planted my plant. I have a bunch of good recipes that use fresh mint.
    Lamb Chops with Yogurt Mint Sauce
    http://shazaminthekitchen.blogspot.com/2008/08/happy-birthday-super-g.html
    Grilled Eggplant with Garlic Cumin Vinaigrette
    http://shazaminthekitchen.blogspot.com/2008/07/grilled-eggplant-with-garlic-cumin.html
    Grilled Chicken, Red Onion and Mint Kebabs
    http://shazaminthekitchen.blogspot.com/2008/06/grilled-chicken-red-onion-and-mint.html

    Those are the really good ones that spring to mind. I have no idea if they’re okay for pregnancy.

  2. Laura says:

    I have 4 favorite mint recipes. The first two can be found on the Martha Stewart website: Orzo with Mint and Peas is the first, anhd the second is Watermelon Salad with Rum and Mint (you can exclude the rum while pregnant…just do some extra lime juice).

    My absolute favorite thing to do with mint is to make mojitos and virgin mojitos. I’m loving the virgin mojitos this summer and don’t even miss the rum that much.

    In a tall glass muddle a couple lime wedges, a small handful of mint leaves, and about 2 tablespoons of white sugar (yes, it’s a lot of sugar). When it’s all mashed together, add a shot of white rum (I like Appleton Estate) and ice and then fill to the top with soda water or lime seltzer. garnish with a lime wedge and a sprig of mint. For pregnant ladies, just leave out the rum.

    The other way I make mojitos is using my favorite secret bar ingredient–frozen limeade concentrate. This is especially good for making mojitos for a crowd. In a pitcher muddle together mint leaves (a big handful for a crowd) and a couple teaspoons of granulated sugar (the sugar granules help break down the mint and release it’s juice). Add about a 1/2 can of the frozen limeade concentrate and mix together. Then add rum, ice, and fill the rest of the picther with soda water or lime seltzer. Garnish with limes and mint. (Note: some people don’t like how the mint gets stuck in their glass/teeth. You can strain the mojitos before serving if need be).

  3. Manggy says:

    Aw, shucks, at least there’s nothing stopping you from eating commercial ice cream! ;) Indulge!!!
    (By the way, I use salmonella-free egg yolks that have been cooked to 160°F and added to UHT cream. Surely there’s no danger there, right?)
    Mint isn’t a commonly used ingredient in local cuisine (more of… never), so it kind of is a weird experience for the initiated in savory dishes, but I’ll see if there’s a dessert I’m interested in :)

  4. Smileygem says:

    I know herbs freeze well especialy in butter – something to do with the fat content I think. I read the recipe and I wonder if you could freeze some mint in the milk or cream the recipe uses and then defrost it and make the recipe once baby is born?
    Or just add to butter, roll up, but in slices and freeze and take out of the freezer to use whenever you need it

  5. Kate / Kajal says:

    hehe so strange i’m on your site while you left a comment on mine :)
    Mint does spread like wildfire, and before you know you’l be finding a million ways to use it :)

  6. April says:

    I really have no idea what to do with the mint. I have tried to grow it myself, but it died a very dry death! LOL. Pass on the tips to grow the stuff!

  7. Dhanggit says:

    this is so exciting deborah :-) i dont know my posts by heart, i’ll be back LOL love the photos of your mint! when i was young i hated the smell of this but now i love it!! in teas and in dessert they are always fabulous.

  8. veron says:

    They do take over … he..he..
    Anyway, I love to eat mint with other herbs like cilantro whenever there are kebabs around. It kind acts as a palate cleanser. :)

  9. taste memory says:

    oh yes i love growing mint but as we know it will take over and just about pop up everywhere!

  10. jb says:

    My favorite thing to eat with mint is fresh spring rolls! But I also love green tea with mint and lemongrass. And if you like it iced, I recently found a great, foolproof way to make iced tea- two tablespoons of whole leaf tea per half gallon of water, and just refrigerate overnight and strain in the morning. I would say how much mint (and lemongrass) you add depends on personal preferences.

  11. Mary Ann says:

    I made this really delicious granita the other day with tons of mint. You have to love mint and watermelon though because the flavors are strong http://maresfoodandfun.blogspot.com/2008/08/watermelon-lime-and-mint-granita.html and my ultimate favorite is making tea by just boiling water, adding the mint and letting it steep for a little bit. No sugar needed!

  12. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    Hey Deborah!

    The most common way I use mint is to add it to fruity salsas. I’ve got lots of recipes on my site if you’re interested. :) This Asian Noodle Salad with Tofu and Mango is enlivened with fresh mint too. I also like to seep fresh mint in hot water for a “tea.”

    http://foodblogga.blogspot.com/2008/07/satisfying-super-salad-asian-noodle.html

  13. Lina says:

    When I get my own house, the first thing I will do is to make a garden and plant some mint! I welcome it to take over!

  14. glamah16 says:

    I dont have a recipe but dont forget to add to a decaffinated herbal tea. Im sure mint may even soothe any nauseu you may have.Mint syrup too. A simple syrup infused with freash mint to save for desserts later.

  15. glamah16 says:

    And can I suggest a cool mint sorbet or granita to beat the heat. Again that simple syrup, mint, and lime. It would be like a mojito ice.

  16. Marc says:

    Mint should be grown in containers only! It is highly invasive and will choke out everything in its path, including grass. Once it begins to spread, it sets down new roots and becomes nearly impossible to kill, ever (except with RoundUp, which kills everything).

    Oh, and oregano is a member of the mint family, too, so treat it with similar consideration.

    But meanwhile, what mint you use, enjoy!

  17. Crazy Lady says:

    dude…make the dang ice cream.

    from mother of three

  18. Regina says:

    My friend makes a simple but refreshing mint water, just by adding a handful of mint leaves (slightly torn/crushed) to a pitcher of ice water. It’s great in the summer!

  19. Sophie says:

    I haven’t used mint too often, but I can tell you that I love the way it smells and I’d probably use it as an air freshener in my bathroom :).

  20. Elle says:

    Have to look around for recipes, but I do know that you can dry mint in the microwave, between paper towels, using a low power (2 or 3) and microwaving a couple of minutes at a time until the mint is dry. Then you can put the dried mint in an airtight jar or in a freezer ziplock bag if you want to freeze it. Works really well.

  21. Paula says:

    That’s a lot of mint! I don’t have any recipes, but I love the look of those flowers on the mint plants!

  22. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) says:

    I would throw mint in every recipe if I could, but that would not be right would it?
    I marinade steak and fresh tuna in the following marinade.

    1.Fresh chopped mint, lemon zest. juice of lemons, olive oil and a splash of balsamic.

    2.Salmon fish cakes – I serve it with greek yogurt with lots of fresh mint.

    3. Ginger beer – I serve it with a sprig of mint

  23. Peabody says:

    Yeah, I planted my mints in seperate pots since I heard that they are aggressive.
    I just used my chocolate mint in a panna cotta. Mmmm.

  24. Grace says:

    there are some great suggestions on here–i think you’re gonna have plenty of things to do with that mint now! i personally enjoy mint the most in mint chocolate chip ice cream, but a close runner-up is simply using it to enhance a fruit salad. good luck! :)

  25. Tom Aarons says:

    Oh no! My landlord won’t even let me plant mint in the ground because it is so invasive….

    If it’s a mild variety it can be great as a vegetable in asian salads and soups. I use it that way all the time.

  26. Poonam says:

    Yeah, I know mint grows like a weed! I like to make mint chutney with coriander, garlic, green chillies, some cumin powder & salt. You can add this as a dressing to any bean salad!

  27. bbaking says:

    Congratulations on being pregnant! I have been away for the same reason, this is my second baby but I have been feeling as sick as a dog! haha

    Hope things are going better for you!

    I have mint in my garden but this year it is not looking well, I think it will be time for a replant next year!

    I don’t really have any great suggestions for mint things, I just wanted to say congrats!

  28. Anonymous says:

    I have heard that you can plant your mint in a pot buried in the ground and it will not take over. :)

  29. noble pig says:

    I love mint in a cucumber salad or minted strawberries with a bit of sugar…it’s the best!

  30. Maria says:

    I am jealous you have so much mint! I wish I would of planted some. I love making mint chocolate chip ice cream. I also like adding mint to my fresh berries, with a little lime or lemon juice. And of course it is a great garnish!

  31. pamipoo says:

    Mine is an extremely easy sandwich- canned beets(not pickled), feta cheese, red onion,salt and pepper, and mint on a good roll. If you must have meat you can have salami on it but so not necessary. I love this sandwich!!!

  32. Ryley says:

    Sorry about your mint! I don’t have any suggestions ..sorry..

    But my mother in law had the same issues with her mint!! She had to spray round up on more than half of it this spring so that it didnt grow back so much!

    Good advice on the pot though! I wanted to grow some this year.. but didnt… next year I’ll definitly get a pot!

  33. Kevin says:

    That fresh mint looks good. My parents used to have some mint growing in their backyard and it always smelled so good.

  34. Domestic Diva says:

    This ( http://thekitchennotebook.blogspot.com/2008/08/green-pea-and-mint-pesto-with-pasta.html) is what I do to tame the rampant growth of mint in my parents back yard. It’s a wonderful way to get your veggies without consciously consuming them.

  35. Emiline says:

    I was going to say make a mojito….but I guess that’s… probably not a good idea.

    I can’t believe how much mint you have! I’m jealous.

  36. Rosie says:

    I too adore mint and have some growing in my garden but doesn’t even compare to your lush mint!

    Lovely post enjoyed reading :)

    Rosie x

  37. Tom says:

    Here's an idea,
    Make a Balsamic Reduction by adding cold butter in cubes to Balsamic Vinegar over medium low heat and add mint in the last two minutes and pour over roasted beets and toss. Season with s&p to taste

  38. Lily says:

    I had a friend who makes his own garden but he wasn't happy.One day a friend told him that the only thing that he had to do to be happy was to buy the cheap viagra since that day he is so happy. he's life chances.

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