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Oregano Bush

windward Feb 10, 2014 09:57 AM

I purchased a dried bunch of oregano on the bush which I am happy with - as it has much more aroma and pungent that store bought.
I am currently storing it in a large ziplock bag in the cupboard. This method is not the best as it is awkward and takes up valuabel space.

Also when I use it- it I find it difficult as many broken stems are falling off with the leaves.

Any suggestions to make this easier?

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  1. tcamp RE: windward Feb 10, 2014 09:59 AM

    It is already dead and dried so why not remove the leaves and store them in an airtight container? I don't see the point of leaving them "on the bush" at this point.

    1. Bada Bing RE: windward Feb 10, 2014 11:43 AM

      Ah, the '70s...

      Edit: More seriously, I doubt it matters to have the stems when the leaves are dried. I did experiment with leaving half of my Thai red chiles on the cut-off plant and the other half in a bowl to dry. Doesn't seem to make a difference.

      1. Gastronomos RE: windward Feb 10, 2014 11:52 AM

        it's the broken stems in my food that bothers me as well.
        rubbing it off releases the essential oils and then gotta use it soon, or it will have no taste like the awful bottled stuff from the supermarket...

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        1. re: Gastronomos
          magiesmom RE: Gastronomos Feb 10, 2014 12:32 PM

          You can clip them off. They have good flavor for a couple of months.

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          sedimental RE: windward Feb 10, 2014 10:07 PM

          I keep the dried leaves in a small glass jar. I get rid of the stem. It keeps well all year in glass.

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