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.
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