Garden growing like crazy? Keep your herbs flavorful all year round with the help of one appliance: the microwave!
You don’t need any fancy dehydrators to turn some freshly picked herbs into dried ones – just your microwave. This method is not only super quick and easy, but your herbs will retain their original, vivid colors along with their intense flavor- something you don’t find at the grocery store!
The method is simple: grab a sheet of dry paper towel, and sprinkle your fresh herbs evenly on top. Every herb has a different water content, which will change the drying time in the microwave for different varieties. For example, with leafy herbs such as parsley, tarragon, oregano, rosemary and marjoram, set them in a standard 1000 watt microwave for 60 seconds. For basil, thyme and mint, only about 40-50 seconds. Cilantro, being mostly water, will dry out quickly in about 30 seconds. On the other spectrum, a dry herb like sage can take up to 75 seconds. For any herb, however, you can just start with 30 seconds and keep a close eye. Once they crumble easily, it means they’re fully dried and can be stored in a jar or plastic bag. They will keep their potency for about 6 months, give or take. This method will leave you with dried herbs that are much more flavorful than any you could
Your fall and winter stews, braises and roasts will thank you for the boost of flavor!
Article by Giada De Laurentiis