Thanks to my gardener husband, I have a bounty of fresh herbs to enjoy all spring and summer. But when winter sets in, I’m back to buying overpriced, uninspired herbs from the supermarket. No longer! Thanks to one of my favorite magazines, Cooks Illustrated, I picked up one of the best tips (it’s right up there with their best method for cooking and peeling hard-boiled eggs), drying fresh herbs in the microwave. Yes, the microwave! In about 2-3 minutes, your fresh herbs are completely dry, retaining most of their fresh taste and aroma. Simply lay the herbs on a paper towel, cover with another paper towel and microwave on high for about 2-3 minutes, depending on the moisture content of the herb. That’s it! Store them in an airtight container. When the snow and cold set in, I can’t wait to enjoy my winter dishes with the fragrant bouquet and herby taste of summer. An extra bonus when microwaving the herbs is a tantalizing aroma that takes over your kitchen.
Note: I dried mint, thyme, rosemary, oregano, parsley and sage. Basil does not retain it’s flavor when dried.