Drying oregano from your garden does not have to be difficult, follow my instructions to create your own dried herbs and you will never want/need to purchase dried herbs again here is how I dried oregano from my garden.
For me, there is nothing better than taking herbs from my garden and using them for everyday meals. A few years ago I started drying out my herbs and using them in recipes, believe it or not, I could taste the difference (am I being silly) and every year I make sure to have enough oregano to dry make my own dried oregano.
There are several ways to dry out herbs:
- You can hang the herbs upside down until they dry and then remove the leaves from the stems, this process will take about 4-6 days depending on humidity
- You can dry out the herbs in your oven. Turn the oven to 200 degrees, turn off the oven, place your tray of fresh herbs in the heated oven, wait 10-15 minutes and it’s done
- You can dry them on a towel out in the sun (although I don’t prefer the towel method as I have found I lose some of the dried herbs)
- You can put them on a paper towel in the house, preferably somewhere that gets some sunlight on the paper towel.
However, you choose to dry your herbs…dry them and use them! My example is using oregano leaves.
I washed my oregano and let them dry, then placed the oregano on a paper towel close to a window, here is day 1
I never moved the oregano, day 2
day 3, there is still moisture in the leaves
day 5, dried and ready to jar
Once the oregano is dried, to touch…meaning it will be a little crunchy and there will be no moisture left in the leaves, it’s done. Remove the leaves from the stems and place the oregano leaves in a jar or container.
I tend to use an old oregano container for my dried oregano
This oregano is like gold to me, I can taste the difference, even if that sounds silly. I can assure you that once you start drying out your own herbs, you will no longer want/need to purchase them again.
I hope you enjoyed this process of drying out your herbs. I promise that once you start drying out the herbs you will not want to purchase herbs again, and as you can see, there is little effort in creating big results.
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Thank you again ~ Patty Limatola-Tanenbaum