Oregano is a popular herb that can be used as an ingredient in many dishes. With its strong and bold flavors, it’s not hard to see how oregano can spice up the taste of your food. If you want to dehydrate some fresh oregano for use at a later time, this article will show you how!
Keep scrolling to find the best way to plan your oregano for drying.
What You Need:
- Fresh oregano leaves (I usually buy oregano in bulk to save some money)
- I use the Excalibur 10 Tray Food Dehydrator, and it has a nice size so I can lay all my leaves flat.
- An airtight container
How To Dehydrate Oregano Leaves In A Food Dehydrator?
- First, To dry fresh oregano for storage and long-term preservation, begin by washing the leaves gently with cool water.
- Then, Place the oregano in a colander and allow it to drain.
- Set the dehydrator adjustable temperature between 95-125 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Once thoroughly dried of excess moisture, place the oregano on dehydrator trays. Dehydrate until crispy (about 6-18 hours in the dehydrator). Drying times can vary depending on how much oregano you’re dehydrating, the humidity, and the size of your appliance.
- After they are dried and cooled, remove them from the dehydrator rack and place oregano in a self-seal bag or airtight container for storage.
How Can You Tell If the Herb Has Dried
After you have finished dehydrating fresh oregano in the dehydrator, how do you know if it is ready to use or not? First, make sure that your herb is fresh before drying it. The next thing to check for is dryness. Dry oregano will have a much darker color than fresh oregano. The herbs should crack and break into smaller bits. The larger amounts of herbs will extend the drying time.
When Is The Perfect Time To Make Dehydrated Oregano?
Early to mid-May looks to be the best time for dehydrating oregano.
Why You Should Dehydrate Oregano
There are many benefits to dehydrating oregano:
- It saves space in your pantry.
- Dehydrated herbs last longer than fresh ones.
- They take less energy and time to prepare
- These are excellent culinary herbs for cooking.
- It can be added to your favorite recipe dish.
- It has a wonderful scent.
Recipes That Use Dried Oregano (recipes)
Some recipes that would taste great with dried oregano as an ingredient:
- Italian dishes such as spaghetti and lasagna (recipes)
- Adding to barbecue sauce or meat rubs for a spicy kick (ingredients)
- How about some homemade pizza? Of course, you’ll need the fresh herbs, but it’s nice to have them on hand (ingredients)
- How about a Caprese salad? It would be even better with dried oregano than fresh basil. (recipe)
- Chicken, zucchini, and corn skillet
Is Fresh Oregano An Anti Inflammatory Food?
Oregano is a herb that not only has the power to make your favorite foods taste better but it can also give you a healthy boost. The herb’s antioxidant properties help neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation in our bodies while containing compounds like carvacrol which have been shown anti-inflammatory effects themselves!
You can now go ahead and enjoy your home-dried oregano without the worry of any preservatives. Dehydrating herbs is an easy way to preserve them for later use, but it can be a process that’s hard on our homes due to the heat required. Thankfully with a food dehydrator, you’ll never have this problem again! If you’re looking for some more tips about how to get started with drying foods in general, we’ve got plenty of information just waiting for you at dehydratedfoodz.com/category/food-dehydration-tips/. Happy dryings!