Preserving Oregano

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With colder days upon us, at least for this week, it’s the perfect time to harvest and preserve my herbs from my garden.
My oregano finished going to seed so all the new growth is fresh and gorgeous so I decided to dehydrate enough to last us through the rest of the year.
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Oregano is not only delicious as a seasoning, it’s an amazing antiviral and added to your teas fresh or dry is great for when you have any cold or cough (maybe even COVID) related ailments.
After cutting what I need I wash it by swirling it in a bowl of clean water until it is clean. I gently pat it dry then arrange it loosely on as many dehydrating trays as I can fit the sprigs
into. I know my mom and grandmother used to air dry theirs which you still can. However, I feel if you use a dehydrator it preserves more of the flavor and properties. I like to use my dehydrator at 115 degrees for at least 6 hours.
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After removing it from the stalks I keep it stored indefinitely in glass jars.
It’s amazing in marinara sauce! Everyone enjoys it!
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I also use it in marinades and dressings. It’s such a versatile herb.
Do you use oregano in your kitchen?
May your home be filled with warmth, your pantry full and may you always have good health!
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