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Post  llama momma on 10/9/2011, 5:18 pm

I have a square of oregano. What is a good way to preserve it?? Maybe like basil just chop and put into ice cube trays with water perhaps, I am guessing - any experienced thoughts out there?? Thank you! Llama Momma

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Post  Patty from Yorktown on 10/9/2011, 6:03 pm

Hi,

Saving oregano is easy. Harvesting herbs is best done in the morning, but in a pinch any time will work before your first frost. Cut it down to size and tie a string around the base of the bundle or bundles. Then hang them upside down in a dark warm area. I use my kitchen cabinet knobs. It will take a few weeks to dry. Once it is dry run your fingers down the stems to strip off the leaves. Put your dried oregano in a seal-able baggie or jar for a winter of Italian cooking. Remember that oregano is a member of the mint family, it will most likely grow back with twice as much bounty.

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Post  llama momma on 10/9/2011, 6:10 pm

Wow, that is wonderful news, thank you so very much! I will enjoy it all winter long!! : ) Yaaay!

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Post  camprn on 10/9/2011, 7:09 pm

I dry my oregano, usually just on a plate. Same with thyme. My taller herbs like tarragon, sage, comfrey, I bundle and hang.

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Post  MoneyMan94 on 10/9/2011, 8:13 pm

I just put mine in a food dehydrator. 18 hours and it is all dry!

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Post  PNG_Grandma on 10/9/2011, 8:16 pm

We do the same thing, dehydrate the oregano. Some we keep in jars whole and some we grind for powdered or ground oregano. Sure tastes better than the stuff you buy!! Smile

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