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How to Dry Herbs in the Microwave

Dry Herbs in Microwave

How to Dry Herbs in the Microwave


Its that time of year for some of us that our gardens start to disappear.  Every year I plant a bunch of herbs.  There’s nothing like having fresh herbs when you need them.  But the weather is turning cold and most of my herbs will not survive a frost.  I harvest them, freeze some but I also dry some of them.

I’ve tried hanging them to dry.. but it takes a long time and I’ve never had a whole lot of luck doing that.  But you can dry them in the microwave!  Even if you buy a bunch of herbs from the store, you may use a little for a recipe but what do you do with the rest?  Here’s your answer!  Dry them.  Its fast, its easy and the herbs keep their flavor.

I have dried parsley, basil, tarragon, rosemary, oregano, chives… and yes, catnip for my kitties.  Have to keep them happy too :)

Drying Herbs in the Microwave


1.  Place a few sprigs or 1/2 – 1 cup of leaves between two paper towels.
2.  Place in microwave and heat on high for 1 – 1 1/2 mins. or until herbs are dry and crumbly.  Timing may vary with different herbs.
3.  Store dried herbs in labeled jars.


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Gigi Howe