How to Dry Parsley Leaves Fast!

Amazing methods to Dry Parsley by yourself

dry parsley in microwave

What is Dried Parsley Used for in Cooking?

Parsley is a delicious herb that helps brighten up the color and flavor of a wide variety of dishes.  It is often used in Ranch Dressing Mix, Homemade Meatballs, Chicken Entrees, Grilled Fish, and as a pretty pop of color garnish for all sorts of main dishes.

How do you Dry Parsley In Microwave?

Are you wondering how to dry parsley fast?  Or maybe just wondering how in the world to preserve all of that fresh parsley from your Herb Garden?  It’s really SO easy!  All you’ll need is fresh parsley, a microwave, a plate, and some paper towels.

What You’ll Need to Dry Parsley:

    How to Dry Parsley Fast:

    1. Place 1 paper towel flat on your plate
    2. Layout Parsley bunches in a single layer on the paper towel, then add another paper towel on top.
    3. Microwave 1 minute, then in 15-second increments until dry. {mine are usually dried out and ready after a total of 2 minutes}  If you have a larger bundle of parsley you are microwaving, you may need to add a little extra time.

    How do you Dry Parsley fast?

    Dry Parsley

    • After you pick your fresh parsley, wash it, let it air dry (you can speed up the drying by blotting lightly it with a paper towel if you like), and then place it in a paper bag.
    • Fold over the top of the paper bag, lay it on its side, and then just let the parsley dry for 10-14 days.  (I don’t recommend just drying it on the counter without the bag.  The paper bag will keep dust from settling on it.) 
    • Once the parsley has completely dried out, remove the stems and break the parsley up into little bits.
    • Once I have dried and prepared the parsley, I just refill the spice jars.
    • Place the dried parsley in the spice jar and seal it with the lid (if you have a lot, a mason jar works great, too!).

    Drying parsley in the oven

    • Wash fresh parsley using cold water.
    • Remove the tender leaves from the woody stems.
    • Give the leaves a rough chop.
    • Blanch for about 15 to 25 seconds in boiling water. Rinse with cold water to keep the parsley from continuing to cook in the residual heat.
    • Cover a baking sheet with brown paper.
    • Position the blanched parsley on the tray. Keep them evenly spaced and flat. There should be no big clumps.
    • Put the tray in the oven. Use the lowest setting so that you don’t burn the parsley.
    • Keep the parsley in the oven from between 2 to 4 hours. The speed by which the parsley dries will depend on factors like humidity and altitude.
    • Check the parsley on a regular basis. It is dry enough when you can easily crumble it in your fingers.
    • Take the dried parsley out of the oven.
    • Check for stalks that you may have overlooked. Get rid of them.
    • Crush the dried parsley using a mortar and pestle. You may also crush the parsley using your hands.

    Store the crushed dried parsley in an airtight jar. Store the jar in the freezer or in a dark, dry area.

    Sun-drying parsley

    You don’t need any special equipment for this method, either. You just need a baking sheet and some old window screens. However, the day needs to be just right. Choose a bright, hot, sunshiny day for drying parsley. Otherwise, the parsley will not dry as it should.

    • Wash the old screens.
    • Measure and cut them to fit your baking sheet.
    • Put the parsley on top of the screen. The screen ensures that the air flows freely around the parsley.
    • Put the baking sheet in your porch or some other similarly warm area.
    • Check the parsley. Turn the sprigs over so that each side gets an even tan as it dries.

    Drying time will depend on where you are and how much sun you get at home. The parsley may be dry enough to keep at noontime – or you may need a couple of days or more to complete the drying process. Bring the baking tray in when the sun sets so that you don’t get any dew on the parsley. Continue sun drying the next day.


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