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Harvesting, Drying, and Storage of Herbs   The ideal time to harvest herbs is just before the plant flowers, as this is the time when the plant contains greatest amount of oils which are essential to aroma and taste. Collect your herbs on a dry warm day when possible, after the dew dries but before the sun gets really hot. Cut whole stems rather than single leaves or flowers. Lay them gently on racks, trays, or wooden boxes in a single layer, or tie them into hanging bundles. Be sure to use a stretchy fabric (old stockings are ideal) since drying herbs will shrink and fall out of string. Separation of species is important to avoid the contamination of flavors or aroma. The ideal drying area is low in light, well ventilated and between 70° and 90°. Drying time will vary between 2 days and 3 weeks depending on conditions and the plant.

It is possible to rush things by drying your herbs in a microwave oven. Chop the herbs finely and spread them out on a double layer of paper towels. Microwave them on High for about a minute and a half. More delicate herbs will be dry at this point. For more robust herbs, stir and microwave for anothe minute. Check and repeat again if necessary. This method may take a little experimenting because microwaves are not all the same, and quantity make a difference.

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