How To Dehydrate Oregano

How To Dehydrate Oregano

Dehydrate Oregano

Oregano is one of my favorite herbs along with basil and garlic. I grew up with a step-father that was Italian. The Italian seasoning flavors were a big part of most meals. To this day one of my favorite dinners is lasagna with antipasto salad. We ate a lot of stuffed bell peppers, Italian sausage, calzone, and rigatoni. If we weren’t eating Italian, we were eating Mexican or Southern foods, but that those are different seasoning groups and stories for other posts. Today, I am going to dehydrate oregano. I’m making some pizza later!How to dehydrate oregano pin Most herb mixes use oregano. It is a staple in Italian-American cuisine. American soldiers brought it back with them after WWII. Mostly found in pizza seasoning or spaghetti tomato sauce. Oregano is great in meat, fish and vegetable dishes. Dried Oregano is one of the most popular herbs.

Oregano’s origin is Western and South Western Eurasia and the Mediterranean. When oregano blooms, the flowers are purple. It is a member of the mint family and closely related to marjoram and thyme. Other names for oregano is wild marjoram or sweet marjoram. A perennial herb usually planted in early spring. It thrives in hot dry climates. In dry soil and full sun.

Dried oregano has a better flavor then using fresh.

Drying Oregano

Fresh oregano leaves ready to be washed.Fresh oregano leaves. Washed in cool water. Remove any dark bad looking leaves.

Oregano fresh leaves on stems loaded on the tray.Spread out the leaves on the tray. I use the clean screen mesh tray liners.

Dehydrator Dried OreganoDehydrate at 110 degrees for 10-12 hours.

I use a NESCO FD-60 Snack Master Express Food Dehydrator.

Dreid oregano leavesWhen completely dried the leaves can be pulled off of the stems and made ready for storage.

Dried oregano leaves. Ready to remove them from the stems.This is a closer look at the dried leaves before being pulled off of the stem.

vacuum sealVacuum seal my mason jars to keep the herbs fresh. Then, I pasteurize my dehydrated products in the freezer for a two weeks.

I use a Seal a Meal vacuum sealer with the Food Saver vacuum lid regular and wide mouth accessory.

Dried oregano pin

Is oregano in one of your flavor groups?

What dishes do you enjoy the flavor?

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