How To: Make Homegrown Mint Tea

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So you know there's that adage about turning lemons into lemonade? Well, over in Oakland, agirlandaboy has applied this concept to what might otherwise be a backyard menace: She turned overgrown mint leaves into delicious mint tea.

We have our fair share of mint in the backyard, and never even considered this option. Instead, we just cursed and complained a lot as we ripped out excessive amounts of mint from the ground. But now we can follow agirlandaboy's lead:

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  1. Gather up the mint leaves.
  2. Rinse the leaves to remove any dirt and bugs.
  3. Pat dry the leaves, and then lay them out on a towel to dry further.
  4. Bake the leaves at 180°F, with the oven door open. They should become crispy and turn a dull sage color.
  5. Dry the leaves overnight.
  6. Store them in airtight containers in a dark spot.
  7. Put the leaves in a tea strainer and enjoy your homemade cup of tea!

More detailed instructions and witty commentary can be found at agirlandaboy.

Images: agirlandaboy