Drying herbs can seem like a long drawn out process. It is actually pretty fast and easy if you use your microwave. You can dry your own herbs in less than the time it takes to make a trip to the store... and it's free!
Here are the simple steps:
- Cut your fresh herbs in the morning- after the dew evaporates but before the heat of the day. That's when they have the most flavor.
- Put a paper towel on a plate and lay the herbs on top in a single layer.
- Place another paper towel on top
- Put the plate in the microwave for about 1 1/2 -2 minutes.
- Check them every 30 seconds until they are crispy and brittle.
- Take them out, let them cool and store them in an airtight container.
It's as easy as that! Here are a few more tips. Use non-recycled paper towels. The recycled ones may have traces of metal which could spark and cause a fire.
Make sure you keep an eye on the herbs in the microwave. They can burn quickly.
Label and date the herbs you store in air tight containers. Even a plastic bag will work. Never keep the herbs more than 6 months to a year. As they lose color, they are also losing flavor.
Mary Jo Wilson- The Herb Society Of America