I've always found that I have a little more control over the process if I put the tobacco over a table lamp or something of that sort. Dries the tobacco relatively quick and it's a little slower than the microwave so I find I have more control.
I use a similar process as pipenscotch that seems to work pretty well for me (I did pick up the idea here on another thread sometime back). I use a halogen desk lamp with an adjustable brightness control and a small plate. You can vary the intensity of the heat as well as the distance the plate of tobacco is from the heat source. It does give you quite a bit of control of how much, and how quickly, you dry the tobacco. Five to ten minutes is usually sufficient for many tobaccos. YMMV.
Was it a mistake to believe everybody would know that was kidding? Please, to those who'd freeze their tobacco.... freeze away! Obviously a sub freezing, super dry environment is the perfect place for tobacco. The only thing I'd add would be to defrost it under a heat lamp for at least a few days, then microwave it... Follow this meathod exactly and please share your results here.
I've utilized italic print to indicate a sarcastic, almost daring tone :wink:
I microwave my tobacco quite often, but I don't find that it dries it as much as it warms up the oils bringing out the natural flavors. Sure, it does dry it a tad, but 10 seconds won't really dry it out for me. I usually have mine already as dry as I want before I put it in there. It's more like it gets cooked. At least that is my experience.
I've done the microwave wave-thing a few times with good results; I use 2-3 second "bursts". It will dry the tobacco but I've also noticed as Cosmic mentioned it seems to "activate" the oils, too, and oh what a wonderful aroma when heat treating a Virginia!
I have also used a coffee grinder (dedicated one) to process plug, cake and flakes from time to time. Here, too, short bursts are the key to success. I can't recall which blend it was now but I use to have one that this method worked so very well with; it smoked perfectly every bowl. Have to review my old notes and see if I can find out what it was though! LOL