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How to Dry Fresh Oregano

In order to care for your fresh herbs, you need to harvest them and minimize waste! Did you know that you can dry oregano and other herbs to use at a later date without a dehydrator?

This technique works for oregano, sage, thyme, mint and basil that can be used anytime!… although, I prefer to freeze my fresh basil, blended with olive oil , for a delicious fresh taste in your sauce.

I have had this indoor oregano plant for over 3 years!!

First of all, let me say that this oregano plant has been alive and kicking in my indoor herb garden for over 3 years. I find that it really thrives if I repot it with Miracle-Gro Potting soil every 6-9 months.

  • First, preheat your conventional oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit
  • While the oven is getting to temperature, start to cut some of the stems of oregano just above a healthy bunch of leaves

NOTE: The more often you harvest your herbs, the more energy they have to put back into their roots and stems in order to grow bigger and happier new leaves!

  • Pick the leaves from the stems and spread them out on a non-greased baking dish
  • Place the tray in the oven and check on the herbs every 5 minutes until you can tell that the leaves are dried

NOTE: This can take up to 15 minutes

  • Once the herbs look dry, carefully remove the tray and let the leaves dry for a minimum of 20 minutes

Once the herbs have cooled, carefully place them in a Ziploc bag, seal it, and crush the dried leaves — I then put the leaves in a small glass spice container to be used at a later date! ENJOY 🙂

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