When my girls were in elementary school, they always took their lunch to school. One of their favorite things was dried fruit snacks. They were so expensive though, so I had the brilliant idea to buy a dehydrator and make my own. I purchased a dehydrator bought a big bag of apples and spent hours peeling, coring and slicing the apples. After they were dried, I put them in a ziplock bag, feeling rather smug, thinking that it was a lot of work, but still I had lunch covered for a couple of weeks. I went off and did my housewifey things, came back about 20 minutes later and the girls had polished off all of the apples. Every last one! Seriously, hours of work gone in a blink of an eye. So, the dehydrator got shoved to the back of the cabinet until I could properly explain the concept of moderation.
Finally, this week, I had a brief, but memorable epiphany. As I was describing to my husband the fancy screen system that I wanted him to build, that would allow me to dry my herbs on the back porch, I happened to remember that I had a dehydrator!
It is so easy and simple, I can’t believe I haven’t been using it for this! I cut and washed the oregano and placed in on the drying racks. Stacked them up and turned it on. This dehydrator gets pretty warm and keeps a constant flow of warm/hot air blowing over the leaves. They were dry in about 90 minutes!!!