Pros: identically sized dried oregano; no mystery pieces or stems; good flavor
Cons: package doesn't state where the oregano is from; not organic
While I don't really cook that much, I do use spices. Oregano is my favorite spice, with that classic Italian flavor. One thing I pride myself on making is quesadillas, and I almost always put oregano in them. Since we have quesadillas a lot (especially in the summer, when veggies are fresh and local) and I went through my small container of oregano pretty fast. So, when I needed more, I went for the big container from McCormick.
McCormick spices are pretty easy to find in stores, they're a big brand. The McCormick Oregano Leaves I purchased come in a big clear plastic container with a red lid. The 5 ounce container is a bit big to fit in with my other spices, but seeing as I use a lot of oregano, it makes sense to buy the larger container. At least the container is designed to be easy to hold, and it's not heavy since it's just dried oregano leaves.
Flip open the lid and you can shake it out in small amounts, or on the other side, have the option of pouring a lot out or using a spoon. The spoon option is fine until you've used some of the oregano and your spoon no longer reaches down to the spice.
Dried Oregano Leaves are flaky and easy to grind up. Or, you can just add them whole. With McCormick, all of the leaves are evenly sized, and I've not found any stems or other non-oregano plant material.
The leaves become moist very fast while cooking, and when eating, you get the still-slighly-dried texture now and then, but nothing unappealing.
For the best flavor, I use a mortar and pestel to grind the oregano leaves up, which releases the oils. This yields a more potent, full flavor. But more commonly, out of laziness and hunger, I just pour some out into my hand, and pinch the leaves over the food. This method releases a little more flavor than just adding the oregano directly, but not as much as grinding it.
The flavor of McCormick Oregano Leaves is just as I would hope and expect it would be. I never get any odd or weird flavors as though something else got into it. It always tastes like freshly dried oregano.
According to the container, 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves is equal to 2 tsp. fresh oregano. When I make my quesadillas, I use a good bit of oregano. With all the cheese, veggies, and cayanne pepper powder, I need to use a large amount of oregano in order to fully taste it.
I had chosen McCormick for a couple of reasons. One was that the price of the larger container was much cheaper per ounce than any brand of the smaller containers. The second reason was that the other McCormick spices I have or have had in the past always prove to be consistent in quality.
While the package states it's packed in the USA, sadly, it does not state where the oregano is from.