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Herbs you dry yourself are greener and a lot fresher tasting that the bottled ones. Thyme is something I use a lot and even though I have three plants in the garden, I find I need more. I buy a couple of bags of fresh thyme and dry them. I have been doing this for ages since I discovered how much more fragrant and fresh the home dried was. It’s simple to do.; either in the microwave or if you have a really warm, dry place (I use our furnace room) to either hang up bundles of the herbs of spread them out on rimmed baking sheets. Just recently I dried peppers in the furnace room…worked great!
To Dry In The Microwave:
Spread ½ cup fresh herbs in a single layer between paper towels. Microwave on high for 1 minute; if not completely dry; microwave for up to 1 minute longer, checking every 20 seconds, until dried. Let cool. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.