by Tammy Taylor
I’ve tried on numerous occasions to grow oregano but for some reason never successfully. This year I planted an oregano plant as proof of the eternal optimist that I am. Surprisingly the oregano is flourishing! Italian seasonings are one of my favorites so I’m always using a mixture of some kind in my cooking. Because I’m so
cheap thrifty, wherever possible I like to grow and preserve my own. So now how to preserve this surprising oregano harvest? Well since I’ve never been successful before I’m really feeling my way through on this one. I notice though that oregano grows primarily by stems along the ground so I really don’t want to take too many of those as I’m hoping it will continue to spread. I thought it might be wise to take most of the cuttings today from the top with only a few from the perimeter.
I brought the cuttings inside and washed them in a colander, then laid them on a towel to air dry. When they were dry I moved them to a large platter to finish drying. I’ll fluff the oregano several times each day until it’s completely dry, probably about 1.5 to 2 weeks.
Then I’ll remove the leaves from the stems and place my home-grown herb in an empty spice container, giggling gleefully at how I’ve managed to bypass another expensive purchase. Hummm… Now I’m eyeballing the new oregano growth and I think I may do this again very soon. Hey don’t judge me, there’s no telling when or even if I’ll be oregano-successful again!