Drying Food in Microwave

Drying fruits, vegetables and meats in the microwave is not recommended. Microwaves are designed to retain the moisture content in foods, not dry them. Also, fruits have a high sugar content and will have a great tendency to burn if they are overcooked in the microwave.


Herbs such as parsley, celery leaves and other herbs can be dried in the microwave. They contain a very minimal amount of moisture.

Directions for drying herbs:

  1. Wash the herbs and partially dry them between paper towels.
  2. Microwave on a paper towel using HIGH POWER two to four minutes per cup of herbs.
  3. Rearrange the herbs every 30 seconds of drying time.
  4. Remove the herbs from the microwave and allow them to cool on the paper towel.
  5. Rub the herbs between the paper towel to crumble.
  6. Repeat the process, if necessary.