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    Alas, we have the washable air filters.

    I like the car method, although I will need to get better at it. I left my mint in all day So much controversy about the right temperature, too!

    Another week now unless I do rosemary, just for giggles. But that seems better fresh.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Paper bag works great.

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    Drying herbs... in the microwave?
    How long in a paper bag?

    Im not having any success with the car-oven... After even 15 minutes, the herbs are turning an unpleasant grayish-black.

    Whereas 60 seconds in the microwave is giving out perfectly crispy and green leaves.
    Here is this morning's mint experiment.
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    So I am still questing for something that gives results as beautiful as the microwave, without using electricity.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Well it will take a few days, but won't have that lovely green you got from the microwave. And only a minute? Of course, no electricity used with paper bag method. Take large paper grocery bag, lay on wide side, and just layer along the bottom. Then fold up end of bag a few times, but ok if it's not clamped shut. I dried basil recently and worked but didn't have nice green color that your microwaved mint had!

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    Thank you for trying this out! I told my friend about it and she said, "We have a dehydrator if you want to use it." But the microwave for a minute has to use less electricity than a dehydrator that has to run for hours.

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    The green really is beautiful, and everything stays green. Basil... and it tastes great. Not sure about mint quality since we dried it... to put it into hot water for tea.
    For microwave you just let the leaves dry for a couple hours beforehand... so theyre not "wet". I saw it on youtube. and need a lot less time than they suggested.

    I will try the paper bag method.

    I dried dill by just leaving it out on cookie tray in the sun... a few hours and it was dried and crumbly.

    Just seems not earthy-worthy to microwave em.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    We'll have to try this out! Our house doesn't have a lot of windows, but I believe we might be able to grow some herbs on the kitchen windowsill. It's so expensive buying fresh herbs at the grocery store. I once bought basil there to make my own pesto and it was ridiculous!
    Lori B.

    My Blog: Relaxed Homeschooling

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Drying herbs... in the microwave?