So how do you make dried herbs in 2 minutes? Good question! The answer is quite simple… the microwave. I know right, it blew my mind as well!
Although, I will come front to say I am not a huge fan of using microwaves. I usually prefer to take the extra few minutes to heat up my food on the stovetop or in the oven, because it does help the flavor and aroma of the dish to stay at it’s best. But today is not about reheating meals… it is about making the best dried herbs on the market 😉
A quick tip on how to keep your fresh herbs.. well.. fresh as long as possible is to lightly rinse them off and then place into a cup with room temperature water. I recommend replacing the water around every 4-5 days. This usually keeps my herbs fresh for up to 3 weeks!
Back to drying out those fresh herbs… simply rinse the herbs off and allow them to dry completely. This makes sure they are clean and will dry properly, instead of turning black/brown when in the microwave. Then place the rinsed & dried herbs on a piece a parchment paper, and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
Take the leaves off their stems and mash them in a stone mortar dish with a pestle (molcajete). You can also place them in a ziplock baggy and mash it with a rolling pin or your hands. They should break apart pretty easily.
Below are rosemary, cilantro, and sage after being dried in the microwave for 2 minutes:
That’s it folks! That is how you can make your own dried herbs in 2 minutes or even less! Another amazing part about making dried herbs this way, is that their vibrant green color usually sticks with them! When comparing them to normal dried herbs, you will definitely be able to tell a difference!
Homemade Dried Herbs are delicious for pasta, chicken, steak marination, salad dressings, caprese salads… the list is endless!!
Homemade Dried Herbs in 2 Minutes
- Fresh Herbs
- Lightly rinse off your fresh herbs and allow them to dry completely.
- Place about 4 medium-sized stems on a piece of parchment paper, at a time.
- Microwave on high for 2 minutes, until crisp and dried.
- Remove leaves from their stems, and mash in a molcajete or grinder.
Hope you all enjoy this quick little tip! xxL