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Store This, Not That! > Blog > Cooking with Food Storage > Food Storage Life Hacks: Dehydrated Herbs
April 2nd, 2015

Food Storage Life Hacks: Dehydrated Herbs

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No dehydrator, no problem!  Did you know that all you need to dehydrate herbs is your microwave?  I’m SERIOUS!  If you’re like me, you hate throwing away extra fresh herbs because if you bought them at the grocery store they cost an arm and a leg!  Or, if you have a garden you may want to preserve some of that yummy cilantro or basil for the fall and winter.  This way preserves so much of the flavor AND color.  It’s awesome!  (Go ahead…I know what you’re wanting to ask and the answer is NO.  I don’t purchase freeze-dried herbs.  To me, they all smell like fish food so what’s the point?  I like my herb garden and dehydrating much better!)

THE EASY WAY TO DEHYDRATE HERBS

  1. Wash and dry your herbs.
  2. Place herbs on a paper towel (it will stick to a plate…bad…like you’ll have to scrub for hours…trust me, don’t do it!)
  3. Microwave in 30 second intervals until the herb is dry.
  4. Store in an air tight container.

Can you believe it?  That’s it!  SUPER EASY!

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4 Comments

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  • Debbie K

    April 2, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    I had a little left over parsley and chives and didn’t want to get out my big dehydrator so I thought I would give this a try. I first tried the parsley and forgot to use your hint of a paper towel, and it really sticks good (won’t do that again). It took about 2 minutes for the parsley and 30 seconds for the chives and I had crisp dried herbs. What a great idea! I never would have thought of using my microwave to dry something! Thanks for the great tip and saving me from throwing out or composting my left over herbs.

    • Marsha M

      April 6, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      This can’t be serious! Microwaves cook, not dehydrate. After cooking your herbs, all you will have left is an over-cooked, shriveled product that will not re-hydrate. It will just turn to mush. Debbie K, why would you throw out or compost your leftover herbs when you have a perfectly good dehydrator that isn’t really all that big now, is it?

      • Debbie K

        April 8, 2015 at 11:36 am

        My Marsha, is there a bee in your bonnet? That was pretty harsh. Have you actually tried this? My herbs were not shriveled and did their job adding flavor to my dishes. It is an outside the box way of drying them I grant you, but for a few, leftover herbs is worked well. I’m curious how you know how big or cumbersome my dehydrator is? This trick worked great for a few herbs. Less effort, less time, good result. All plus’s in my book. If you don’t like the method don’t use it, but why bash others who do?

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