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Old 05-20-2010, 09:22 AM
 
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I searched through the forum and didn't see any thread for this.

We planted oregano in our front yard as part of the landscaping. It is growing like crazy.

What is the best way to dry or store oregano from the garden. I live in a somewhat humid climate and I keep my windows open (unless it's too cold, will still have some chilly days) will this affect the drying process?

Thanks so much!
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:44 AM
 
Location: NC, USA
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Dang, I just tie it to a string and hang it on a tree limb in the shade for a few days, or, however long it takes for it to be dry.
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:54 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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I wash it and then spread it out on some paper towels on a cookie sheet and set it in the oven, out of the way, for a few days until it's completely dry. (I don't turn the oven on; it's just a good place to stash it.) I also turn it over a couple times so all sides dry completely.
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Put it in the back seat of your car. It'll dry very quickly and also make the car smell good.
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Old 05-20-2010, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Sound Beach
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Put it in the back seat of your car. It'll dry very quickly and also make the car smell good.
This is a great idea!!

My uncle used to dry his plants (not oregano mind you but other "unmentionables") by hanging them in a closet inside a plastic bag.
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Old 05-20-2010, 06:56 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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A food dehydrator works well for all kinds of things including spices.
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Wash it, dry it, remove the leaves from the stems (or you can do this later). Place the oregano between two paper towels, and place in the microwave. Nuke for a minute at a time until the oregano is completely dry.

You can store the oregano with stems intact, or remove the leaves from the stems. Store it in a tightly covered jar (I use old canning jars that are too dinged up to can with any longer) in a dark place.
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Old 05-22-2010, 12:54 AM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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I usually wash it well and tie the ends together. Then place a paper bag over it and hang it up for a few days. Be sure that the bag is longer then the plant. I also use my dehydrator, but sometimes it can make a mess if the leaves are small and start to fly around in there.
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:07 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I just watched an episode of Gardening By the Yard that showed drying herbs in your car. On a hot sunny day put newspaper on the seat, place your herbs on in a single layer on the paper and let the heat in the enclosed car do its job.
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:18 PM
 
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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I just watched an episode of Gardening By the Yard that showed drying herbs in your car. On a hot sunny day put newspaper on the seat, place your herbs on in a single layer on the paper and let the heat in the enclosed car do its job.
And it makes you car smell good! FYI Some people think that basil smells alot like pot when its being dried. So be warned if dry a large amount of basil in your car, lol.
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