by Texas Homesteader
I try to harvest and preserve all the fresh herbs I can. I finally got some oregano to grow. In addition to harvesting and using as much fresh oregano as I can, I also plan on preserving it for future use.
My dehydrating procedure is simple and requires no special equipment. Come see how easy it is to preserve oregano.
Yea! Oregano Is Growing
I’d tried on numerous occasions to grow oregano. But for some reason never successfully.
So I planted another oregano plant as proof of the eternal optimist that I am. Surprisingly the oregano was flourishing!
Italian seasonings are some of my favorites. So I’m always using a mixture of italian herbs of some kind in my cooking. Because I’m so
Wherever possible I like to grow and preserve my own herbs. So now that it’s actually growing, I want to preserve this surprising oregano harvest.
Harvesting Fresh Oregano
The type of oregano I have grows primarily by stems along the ground. So I really don’t want to take too many of those runners as I’m hoping it will continue to spread.
It might be wise to take most of the cuttings today from the top with only a few from the perimeter. That should leave plenty of runners to allow the oregano to continue growing and spreading. I’d love to have oregano to harvest in subsequent years too, y’all!
Drying The Oregano
I brought the fresh oregano cuttings inside and washed them in a colander. A quick shake removed most of the water from the stems. Then I laid them on a towel to finish air drying for a few hours.
When they were dry I moved them to a large cookie sheet to finish drying. I’ll fluff the oregano several times each day until it’s completely dry.
Nothing ruins dried herbs more than a tiny amount of moisture remaining on the leaves when it’s stored. So to make absolutely sure, I’ll leave the leaves to air dry for probably about 1.5 to 2 weeks just to make sure.
No-Energy Herb-Drying Station
Or sometimes I’ll hang the stems of various herbs in my kitchen from a cotton string. That also allows airflow and the leaves dry easily with no other input from me. It’s my own energy-free Herb Drying Station!
I simply leave them hanging until they’re completely dry. I typically have a few different herbs hanging at any given time – sage, oregano, thyme and/or basil are favorites for me.
And this drying station allows me to reach up and cut off a stem of dried herb to crush and add to my recipe right then, right there!
When the herbs are completely dry I often remove the leaves from the stems and place my home-grown dried herb in an empty spice container, giggling gleefully at how I’ve managed to bypass another expensive purchase.
Hummm… Now I’m eyeballing the new oregano growth and I think I may do this again very soon.
Preserving The Harvest Posts
- Making Tomato Sauce
- Canning Fresh Asparagus
- Water-Bath Canning Pears In Light Syrup
- Canning Garden Corn
- Easier Dill Pickles
- One Quart At A Time Refrigerator Pickles
- Harvesting & Preserving Coriander (Cilantro)
- Growing, Harvesting & Preserving Garlic
- Keeping Garlic
- Preserving The Harvest: Oregano
- Accumulating Okra When Your Harvest Is Small
- My Simple, Zero-Waste Herb Drying Setup
…And Much MORE!
- Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Fresh Carrots
- Dehydrating Fresh Pumpkin For Easy Storage
- Dehydrating Spinach To Enjoy All Year Long
- Using A Dehydrator To Preserve Fresh Onions
- Dehydrating & Storing Cabbage
- Bell Pepper Dehydration
- Using A Solar Oven To Dehydrate Garden Produce
- How To Make Dehydrated Blueberry Powder
- Dehydrating Plums
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