How to use mint in cooking

How to use mint in cooking

There mint it is one of the best known aromatic herbs and also easy to grow on your balcony or in your garden. It has a pleasant smell and taste that almost everyone loves. In winter, mint candies are popular to stop the symptoms of seasonal ailments, in summer instead we find its leaves in Mojito and other refreshing cocktails but apart from these two icons, we can discover how to use mint in cooking and take advantage of its beneficial properties

Mint: properties

Let's quickly review the benefits of this aromatic.

  • Anesthetic action both in the skin and in the stomach ..
  • Analgesic action against tension-type headaches and migraines. It reduces pain and all other symptoms when applied to the forehead and temples.
  • Antiseptic, antiparasitic and germicidal action thanks to its polyphenol content.
  • Decongestant and balsamic action, acts as a fluidifier of the secretions of the respiratory system, an excellent cure for colds, fever and coughs.
  • Cosmetic action: refreshes, tones and purifies the skin
  • Carminative action: reduces the volume of intestinal gas.
  • Aromatic actionin the production of beverages, liqueurs and confectionery products.
  • Purifying action, avoid bad breath.

How to use mint in cooking: drinks

In the kitchen we are above all his aromatizing power to produce tasty and at the same time purifying and refreshing drinks.

Let's start with a classic Mint tea. You need 10 fresh mint leaves for 500 ml of water, the water should be boiled together with the mint leaves in a saucepan, when we remove it from the heat we let the liquid cool and filter it by adding lemon juice or a slice of lemon if we prefer. We can also prepare it with dried mint, 4 teaspoon for every 500 ml of water. The beauty of this tea is that we can drink it hot in winter and cool in summer and it is very quick to prepare. We can also take it to the office in a water bottle.

We can make a similar use of theMint flavored water. In this case we do not have to boil anything but just leave the leaves immersed for a few hours, often accompanied by other herbs or fruit. Usually you leave everything in a bottle or jug ​​to decant, drinking the fresh water directly from there.
Among the drinks we also find homemade mint syrup. Despite the name, it is no more complex than the previous drinks to prepare and it is a lot thirst-quenching. We can drink it directly, to better withstand the heat, but also use it to flavor drinks, granitas and sweets.

How to use mint in cooking: foods

There are several recipes in which this aromatic plant is used to give flavor. In summer it is a classic add it to salads. If we take a mix of lettuce, tomatoes, rocket, basil, cucumbers and dried fruit, we can add a few mint leaves to give a more original touch to the dish.

Another very simple use of mint is that of a condiment, very often used for legume dishes such as for example chickpeas and boiled beans. If we cut some mint leaves into small pieces and add them to a mix of oil, salt and lemon, we obtain a tasty and original dressing that we can also use for vegetables such as zucchini or tomatoes.

Mint also goes well with fruit, so we can insert it in fruit salads and smoothies as well as in centrifuges and smoothies. Usually the most common pairings are those with watermelon and apple, with orange and lime, but let's feel free to experiment. Sometimes the most absurd seemingly combinations end up winning.

How to use mint at home

Let's move from the kitchen and always with the mint leaves in hand we learn how it can come in handy for example hygiene reasons, given its various properties.

If we grow this plant in pots, keeping it near the windows we can discourage insects such as flies and mosquitoes who do not like the smell. Together with basil and geraniums, mint has a strong anti-insect action and prevents us from using chemicals. If we can't keep it in jars, let's try to prepare a pot pourri with dried mint leaves along with other herbs and some flowers. Let's put them in a paper bag and let them release the smell.

The scent of mint is also very welcome in the closets. We can prepare mint bags with its dried leaves and a few drops of mint essential oil. A possible combination is that with lavender, you get very effective fragrances for cabinets.

This plant can also be useful for cleaning, especially when it comes to polish pans and pans also dirty with grease. The best thing is to prepare a kind of cream to clean them thoroughly, with abrasive effects. You need 50 grams of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of ecological dish soap and 1 teaspoon of water. Mint should be inserted into dried and pulverized leaves, it not only aromatizes but also promotes hygiene.

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