Freezing Oregano

Freezing Oregano by either the traditional ice cube method or the more modern vacuum sealer method allows you to enjoy the fresh green Oregano leaves in a variety of recipes throughout the winter season. Both methods are easy to do at home to preserve your Oregano harvest.

Traditional Ice Cube Method

The traditional method of freezing Oregano is to chop the fresh herb up fine and suspend them in a little water before freezing.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:

Salad Spinner or two clean absorbent kitchen towels

Kitchen shears or chopping knife and chopping board

Ice Cube trays

Measuring spoons

INGREDIENTS:

Chopped Oregano Leaves

Fresh tap water

1. Pick through the fresh Oregano, removing damaged leaves and tough stems and rinse. Gently spin dry or pat dry between two kitchen towels to remove as much moisture as possible.

2. Strip the small leaves off of the woody stems and chop up the Oregano and place a teaspoon or two into each compartment of the ice cube trays, filling 2/3 of the cup with the herbs.

3. Top off with water and freeze in the freezer.

STORAGE: Once the ice cubes have frozen, remove the herb cubes and store in an air tight freezer bag or jar in your freezer.

USES: These Oregano ice cubes can be used in sauces and soups. To use in the Oregano as fresh in salad dressings or dishes with little liquid content, place the cube in a glass until melted and strain through a sieve to remove the Oregano from the water. Add to the recipe as required.

Vacuum Sealer Method

This method allows for great color, texture and flavor retention by keeping the sprigs whole and air tight.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:

Vacuum sealer with appropriate bag material

Salad Spinner or clean absorbent kitchen towels

Kitchen shears or paring knife

1. Wash and gently spin dry or blot with kitchen towels to remove excess moisture.

2. Snip or cut off tough woody stems and discolored or damaged leaves, leaving the sprigs whole.

3. Make a bag from the roll material large enough to hold the sprigs of Oregano and allow space between the herb and the final seal and seal one end.

4. Label bag with contents and date sealed.

5. Place herb sprigs into the bag.

6. Place bag end into the sealer and vacuum seal.

7. Place in the freezer flat. After the bags have frozen solid, they can be stored upright, taking up little space in the freezer.