How To Dry Sage In The Microwave: Quick And Easy

There are many methods to drying your fresh sage leaves. However, if you’re looking for a quick and easy way, then you’ll want to dry the leaves in the microwave.

However, there are pros and cons to drying sage in the microwave.

This article will explain why you should dry your sage leaves and their benefits. Then, we’ll share some of the various methods you can use to dry your fresh sage leaves.

After, we’ll go more in-depth about how to dry sage leaves in the microwave through a step-by-step guide. 

Finally, we’ll include how long using the microwave takes when drying herbs, how to wash sage before drying it out, and finally, how to store your dried sage herbs, so they last as long as possible. 

Why Dry Sage Leaves?

If you use sage a lot within your recipes, then you should undoubtedly dry out your fresh sage leaves.

For example, drying sage leaves elongates this herb’s lifespan. Therefore, you can store dried sage leaves and use them for many years to come.

Also, you can get more harvests out of the sage plant. For instance, when leaves are ready to be harvested, but you’re not ready to use them yet, you can still harvest the plant.

So, more leaves will grow so you can harvest them again soon, but the leaves won’t go to waste because you can dry them out. 

How To Dry Sage Leaves

Drying sage leaves in the microwave is not the only way to dry them out. For instance, you can also dry sage leaves using the natural air, in a dehydrator, or an oven.

Learn more about how to dry sage leaves in an oven here.

There are some pros and cons to drying herb leaves in the microwave, as with every method. On the one hand, drying sage leaves in the microwave is the quickest method.

However, drying herbs in the microwave can spark a fire. So, you need to be careful and watch the herbs dry to ensure it remains safe.

Dried Sage
Dried Sage

How To Dry Sage In Microwave

So, let’s go over how to dry sage in the microwave with a step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Wash And Prepare The Sage Leaves

Once you’ve harvested or bought your fresh sage leaves, it’s time to prep them to dry out.

First, you’ll want to pinch the leaves off the stems if they haven’t been taken off the plant’s stems already.

Once that’s done, it’s time to wash the leaves. You can rinse them off by letting them sit in cool, running water. You can rinse them carefully in small batches at a time with your hand or let them soak in a colander.

Then, it would be best to dry them thoroughly before putting them in the microwave. You can pat the leaves dry with a paper towel or let them dry in a salad spinner to ensure all the moisture is gone.

Then, you can place the leaves in a single layer on a microwave plate. Depending on how many leaves you have, you’ll have to dry the leaves in multiple batches.

If you want to fit more on the plate, you can always take a sharp kitchen knife and chop up the leaves into fine pieces and then dry the leaves.

Step 2: Microwave The Sage Leaves In 30-Second Intervals

Now you can microwave your sage leaves. It won’t take long at all, so it’s easy for the leaves to burn or catch on fire.

When putting the sage in the microwave, make sure to turn it on for 30-second intervals. If the wattage of your microwave is over 1,000, then you might want to have the sage leaves go through the microwave in 15-second intervals instead.

After about two to three minutes, your sage leaves should be dried. If you notice there’s still some moisture on the leaves, then you pop them back into the microwave for about ten to 15 seconds.

Step 3: Allow The Dried Sage Leaves To Cool And Then Store

When the leaves are finally dried, allow them to cool completely. If you hadn’t already chopped the leaves, you could do so now.

The dried sage leaves should crumble at the touch of your hand so that you won’t need a knife. Or, if you want it to be fine, you can crush the dried leaves with a mortar and pestle.

Once they’re crushed and cooled, then you can store your dried sage leaves in a clear, glass container with a tight lid. The dried leaves will last you for at least six months.

How Long Does It Take To Dry Sage In Microwave?

If you need a quick method of drying out your sage leaves, then the microwave is the way to go.

In general, it takes about two to three minutes to dry out the sage leaves completely. However, the timing will depend on the wattage of the microwave you have.

This is why you want to put your sage in the microwave for only 15 to 30 seconds at a time. You can check to see how long your microwave takes to dry a batch of herb leaves.

Do You Wash Sage Before Drying In Microwave?

Yes, it would be best if you washed your sage before drying it in the microwave.

If you harvested the sage leaves from your garden, then you’ll know how it was grown and where it came from. However, dirt and bugs could still be on the leaves. So, washing it allows you to ensure that the leaves are clean.

On the other hand, if you buy fresh leaves from your local grocery store, then you’ll want to wash them. Organic herbs shouldn’t have pesticides or herbicides on them, but you still don’t know where the herbs came from.

It’s always best to be safe than sorry. However, after you wash your sage leaves with running, cool water, make sure that the leaves are dried completely before you dry them out in the microwave.

For example, you can dry them of all the moisture by dabbing them with a paper towel or using a salad spinner. 

How To Store Your Dried Sage Leaves

The best way to store your dried sage leaves is in a clear glass jar with a tight lid. You can recycle a jam jar or use mason jars that you may have around your house.

By covering the dried sage tightly, it’ll last you at least six months. After that, the flavor will become more subtle. However, dried sage can last up to three years if stored well.

Final Words

If you’re in a hurry to dry some sage leaves for a big dinner, then the microwave is the way to go. It’s quick, easy, and it’ll cool faster.

However, using the microwave can also cause issues, such as the sage leaves burning or possibly catching on fire if they’re not dried completely after being washed.

Overall, using the microwave is a good method, but you need to be careful.

Want to learn more? Click here for my full guide to drying sage in the oven and find out how to freeze sage here. Find all my guides to growing sage here.