Oregano

Dear Oregano,

You have been such a wonderful addition to my herb garden this year. All summer long, I have snipped and clipped on you to add your magic to all kinds of culinary delights. And those trims only seemed to make you stronger and more vigorous. But now, your day in the sun is quickly coming to an end until you emerge from your winter nap next spring. But I hate to see you go, so I am going to do some severe cutting. I want to remember you long after you have left me for the year, so into the dehydrator you go. Thank you for a marvelous season!

Drying Herbs

Method #1 – Dehydrator

                Simply spread the washed and towel dried stems in a single layer on the racks of your dehydrator. The leaves will be crisp within 40 minutes. Remove the leaves from the stem and transfer to an airtight container. Store away from light and heat.

Method #2 – Hang Drying

Tie the stems in bunches and place in a paper bag that has been perforated all around for air circulation. Leave the stems at the top of the bag so the herbs hang upside down. Place in a warm, dry place away from direct sunlight. Check after 1 week and if necessary, allow to dry a week longer. The amount of time needed will vary according to the size of the leaves, which should be crackly to the touch. Remove the leaves from the stem and transfer to an airtight container. Store away from light and heat.

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