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MINT (INCLUDING PEPPERMINT, SPEARMINT) - FRESH, RAW

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7-10 days
Freezer
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4-6 months

Tips

  • How long does fresh mint last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - after purchasing, keep mint refrigerated at all times.
  • To maximize the shelf life of fresh mint in the refrigerator: (1) Trim the ends and place in a glass containing about one inch of water; (2) Cover with a loose-fitting plastic bag and refrigerate; (3) Replace water when it gets cloudy.
  • How long does fresh mint last in the fridge? Properly stored, fresh mint will usually keep well for about 7 to 10 days in the refrigerator.
  • Can you freeze mint? Yes, to freeze fresh mint: (1) Wash, trim and chop the mint; (2) Allow to dry thoroughly; (3) Once dry, place in heavy-duty freezer bags or freeze in ice cube trays with a small amount of water, then transfer to freezer bags.
  • How long does mint last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 4 to 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - mint that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if mint is bad or spoiled? Mint that is spoiling will typically become soft and discolored; discard any mint that has an off smell or appearance.

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