My oregano has been sadly neglected since I'm not around to cook with it. Normally I just cut a few sprigs and put it in my pasta sauces. But there was so much.
My colander was overflowing.
So I decided to dry them out. Plus, I used up the last of my oregano when I made carne asada for the Memorial Day barbecue so it was time to replenish my supplies.
If you've never dried herbs before, it's super easy.
You can keep them on the stems if you wish. Wash the herbs and shake them dry. Place them loosely on a baking sheet and pop them in the oven at 150 degrees for about an hour or until the leaves are completely dried out.
They should look like so.
Then strip the dried leaves from the stems. You may need to crumble the leaves a bit in your hands if you want smaller bits.
That huge pile of oregano was reduced to filling my spice jar and part of a sandwich bag.
That's it! So simple right? You can do this with basil, mint, or any other herb you frequently cook with and have growing in your garden.