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Dried Oregano

Dried oregano is a staple in any kitchen. Let's cover the specifics of dehydrating Oregano. How long should you dehydrate oregano? At what temperature should you dehydrate? When should you pick Oregano?
Course Herbs
Cuisine Italian, Mexican
Keyword Herbs, Oregano
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 day 12 hours
Total Time 2 days
Servings 8 oz
Calories 3kcal
Cost $5


  • Food Dehydrator
  • Air tight container (Canning jars work well)


  • 1 bunch Fresh Oregano
  • 1 gallon Water For rinsing


  • Pick the Oregano before it flowers
  • Pick the Oregano at a time when it hasn't had water for a few days
  • When oregano is stressed, it tends to have more flavor and aroma, so picking it when it is hot and dry can give you a better product
  • If you want to pick multiple times, you should only take half of the plant
  • Cut stems about in half, leaving the bottom half to regrow
  • I prefer to pick the leaves from the stems versus adding the full stem to the dehydrator tray
  • Dehydrate for 16-36 hours at a low setting 95-105 degrees
  • Save your dehydrated Oregano in an airtight container


Dried oregano is a staple in any kitchen. I like dried oregano on pizza. Dried oregano is also great for marinades and sauces. Fresh oregano can be used in pesto, pasta salads, soups, and many pork dishes. For a small investment of time and dollars (seeds or plants), enough dried oregano can be produced to last the whole year.