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Can I dry fruits, vegetables, or herbs in a microwave oven?

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Drying fruits, vegetables, or herbs in the microwave is not recommended. First of all, the food will over-cook and become dry. Secondly, you risk having a fire when the food reaches the dry stage. Finally, you might damage the magnetron tube. The same recommendation applies to drying flowers in a microwave oven.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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