Hi All! What a weekend! Here in northern CA, we had a gorgeous weekend just loaded with warmer temperatures and sunshine! 🙂 That was all I needed to get myself outdoors and into my garden. I didn’t do a lot, but I did pull some weeds and rake out some of the leaves that had fallen into the beds. When I looked down at my herb garden I couldn’t believe how much oregano I had! Holy Cow, it was taking over!!! I didn’t have the heart to throw it away so I did a bit of research about drying herbs. I didn’t really feel like hanging them to dry…I don’t have the patience for that! What I found out is there are some herbs that can be dried slowly in the oven. Evidently you can dry oregano, parsley, sage, thyme, mint and basil…plus more…in the oven at a very low heat. So…away I went and dried 7 cookie sheets of oregano!
Here is how I did it. First, I carefully picked the stems, being careful not to bring any soil with the plants. Then I put the oregano on cookie sheets and preheated my oven to 180 degrees (some ovens don’t go that low…you can still dry the herbs…just have to keep a sharp eye on them). You need to be sure there is plenty of space around them so the air can circulate evenly.
Secondly, I put them in the oven after it was preheated. I left them in there for about 10 minutes or so then turned the oven off and just let them dry in there. I did check them at around 30 minutes to see if they needed more heat. Some did, so I kept those on the sheet and removed the dried. This is how they looked after they were dried:
Finally, I got a big bowl and gently slid the leaves off the stem with my thumb and forefinger. They should come right off and crumble. Any herbs that didn’t seem dry, I simply threw back into the warm oven. After the herbs were cool, I put them in mason jars.
See? Easy as can be!
And THAT my friends was fast, easy and YAY…my very own oregano! Next up…Thyme!
Do you dry herbs too? If so, which ones?