Oregano StorageOregano is easily grown at home in the yard or in planters, so hopefully you have fresh oregano at your beck and call. Many stores now carry fresh oregano in the produce department.
Purchased fresh oregano branches should be rich green in color and not the least bit limp. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you place a slightly damp paper towel in the bag with the oregano and leave some air in the bag, it may extend the life up to 1 week.
Fresh oregano may also be frozen. Wash and dry oregano sprigs. Strip whole leaves from stems and place in plastic bag loosely without crushing, but remove all air. Freeze and keep in a location where it will not get crushed. No need to thaw before using.
You can also mix chopped leaves with a small amount of water (or puree them) and freeze in ice cube trays. Once frozen, pop out the cubes into a plastic bag and seal tightly. Use frozen oregano within 1 year.
To dry fresh oregano, tie sprigs into a bunch and hang in a cool, dark place with good ventilation. Once dried, seal tightly and store away from sunlight.
In general, dried common oregano sold in the grocery stores is actually a mixture of different varieties of oregano combined with marjoram and thyme.
More about Oregano and Oregano Recipes:• Oregano Cooking Tips
• Oregano Storage
• What is oregano? FAQ
• Oregano Recipes
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