Savoring and Saving Fresh Herbs
Now is the time to capture the flavor of fresh herbs for (dare I say it) winter cooking. Whether you have an herb garden or buy them at your favorite market, herbs can make the difference in a dish tasting just so so or really full of flavor and we all need a little tasty punch during the cold months of the year (oops, said it again). So I dry them all summer long way into the days before Jack Frost makes a visit to my garden.
The process is as easy as one, two, three. Use your microwave! Place fresh herbs on a microwave safe plate and zap them until they are brittle dry. On most microwaves this will be about 60 seconds on high power but every microwave is different so check the herbs a couple of times while drying them. They retain their color and flavor. Once bone-dry, crush them and store them in airtight containers. Use for rubs and seasonings in your favorite dishes but while it is still summertime, just use them fresh.