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Oregano Bush

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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. 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. 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. 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

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

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