By: Gigi Howe
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
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.