Home Cooking Tips & Advice
to dry herbs in a microwave
If you have fresh
herbs you are unable to use before they start wilting, or
you have a bumper crop in the garden, you don't have to dry
herbs in the oven or air dry them. You can dry them quickly
in the microwave!
First, you want
to wash the herbs well to ensure there are no bugs or chemicals
on them. Pat dry then allow to air dry for another 2 hours.
Place a paper towel
in the microwave, then layer your herbs in a single layer
on top. It is best to only do one type of herb at a time,
but you may want to do multiple herbs if you are making a
mixture such as Italian seasoning. Then place another paper
towel on top to cover the herbs and microwave on high for
two minutes. Remove top paper towel and flip herbs over, return
paper towel on top and microwave for another minute. Then
check herbs and heat on high at 30 second intervals until
the herbs are fully dried (they will be brittle).
Store herbs in
spice jars or ziploc bags and herbs will keep for a year.
Carefully check your herbs several times over the next 24-48
hours. If you notice any condensation, you will need to dry
them more immediately... the condensation means that there
is still some moisture in the herbs and it will cause them
to go moldy fairly quickly.
Want to me more
traditional? Here are instructions for air
drying fresh herbs.