How to Grind Up Fresh, Organic Rosemary And Greek Oregano

Updated on July 24, 2017
Rosemary and Greek oregano in a bowl I made.
Rosemary and Greek oregano in a bowl I made. | Source

Do you have any rosemary and/or Greek oregano growing in your garden? People spend lots of money to buy ground-up herbs at the grocery store, so why not make your own for a lot less? I love the scent of rosemary and oregano, so I decided to grind up some fresh sprigs that had been drying for a few days in in a beautiful bowl I made in a pottery class.

There is something fragrant and soothing about grinding your own fresh herbs, and it will make you excited to experiment with new dishes in the kitchen. Of course there will be someone who will throw out the cliché phrase "I do not have time to do that," but then in the next breath the same person will take about a show they are going to watch or another hobby they want to participate in. So grinding fresh herbs might seem pointless and time-consuming for people who want to spend their time doing other things, but it can be quite rewarding for people who enjoy cooking and spending time in the kitchen.

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: About a pound of fresh rosemary and oregano.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Pound Dried Organic Rosemary
  • 1/2 Pound Dried Organic Oregano

Grind Up Those Herbs

  1. Pick some organic rosemary and oregano from the garden. Allow it to dry for a few days.
  2. Allow it to dry for a few days.
  3. Take the rosemary and oregano leaves off of the branches after drying.
  4. Use a coffee grinder, which can double as an herb grinder, to shred up the rosemary and oregano. You can be as precise or mix it up like I did. I simply mixed the two herbs together.
  5. Only grind a few herbs as at a time since it will overwork the motor when too much is put inside at one time.
  6. Grind the herbs to the desired consistency. I ground the herbs pretty finally, but a few patches were a bit more roughly chopped than others. Overall, my rosemary and Greek oregano was chopped pretty fine.
  7. Store the ground up rosemary an Greek oregano in a canning jar or container of your choice. Ground up herbs just look cool in old canning jars, and I find it is easier to spoon out what I need rather than using messy shakers.

Step-By-Step Photos

It takes awhile to take all the herbs off the branches to grind, especially when you have a pound worth of herbs.
It takes awhile to take all the herbs off the branches to grind, especially when you have a pound worth of herbs. | Source
Start by just grinding a few herbs.
Start by just grinding a few herbs. | Source
Try grinding a few more herbs if you feel comfortable, but do not overload the grinder.
Try grinding a few more herbs if you feel comfortable, but do not overload the grinder. | Source
Finely ground rosemary and Greek oregano looks beautiful in a canning jar.
Finely ground rosemary and Greek oregano looks beautiful in a canning jar. | Source

It took about an hour to grind up the organic rosemary and Greek oregano, but the effort was worth it. People pay quite a bit of money to purchase organic ground herbs at the store, so why not make your own! I love grinding fresh herbs from my mom's garden, and these definitely compliment the lovely dishes I like to make from scratch. If you are investing the time in making a lovely soup or homemade mash potatoes, I assure you these will taste much better with freshly ground rosemary.

The texture of the finely ground rosemary and Greek oregano was not uniform since I pulsed some batches more than others.
The texture of the finely ground rosemary and Greek oregano was not uniform since I pulsed some batches more than others. | Source

Dried Rosemary

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 tbsp
Calories 11
Calories from Fat0
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

        SweetiePie 

        2 years ago from Southern California, USA

        I was many hours of grinding, but worth the effort.

      • prettydarkhorse profile image

        prettydarkhorse 

        2 years ago from US

        I haven't read this one? Cool tips, grind and grind.

      • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

        SweetiePie 

        2 years ago from Southern California, USA

        Might as well grind up the fresh rosemary and Greek Oregano, or whatever herbs you have on hand.

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        Roberta Kyle 

        2 years ago from Central New Jersey

        thanks for the great tips ( not to mention some cool recipes).... I love fresh herbs and your instructions for grinding rosemary and oregano make me think that I am going to try this. Thanks, Sweetie Pie :-)

      • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

        SweetiePie 

        2 years ago from Southern California, USA

        That is a great tip with the coffee grinder.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 years ago from Houston, Texas

        We have lots of rosemary, oregano and other herbs growing in our yard so could easily make this. I have dried herbs in a low slow oven in the past. Just today on a cooking show called The Kitchen I heard of a great way to clean a coffee grinder so that it does not flavor the next thing one might wish to grind. Use old chunks of stale bread and whir it around for about 60 seconds and then wipe out with a damp cloth. That way one can grind herbs, coffee, seeds and other things and not have each flavored with the other. You are really great at putting those YouTube videos together! Will share this!

      • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

        SweetiePie 

        3 years ago from Southern California, USA

        Fresh ground rosemary is the best. Thanks for commenting, poetryman!

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        poetryman6969 

        3 years ago

        Voted up. Love the of grinding your own and having some fresh fixings for the feast.

      • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

        SweetiePie 

        3 years ago from Southern California, USA

        Fresh oregano that you dry yourself is so amazing. This batch I made awhile back is lasting, and I only need to add a bit to each dish since is far more powerful than the store bought variety.

      • peachpurple profile image

        peachy 

        3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

        i love dried oregano, the smell is fragrance

      • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

        SweetiePie 

        3 years ago from Southern California, USA

        I love freshly ground oregano and Greek rosemary. It was so worth the effort :).

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        Ethel Smith 

        3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

        Makes me feel peckish - yum yum

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