If you’ve ever grown dill, you’ll know that it can take over your garden like a weed! And that’s because it is one…dill weed. 🙂
But seriously, making dried dill is an awesome way to keep your garden producing for you well after the season is over. Dill is one of those herbs that does incredibly well as a dry herb and is great for pickling, as well as an all-around seasoning.
Table of Contents
- 1 How to Dry Dill
- 2 How to Prepare and Clean Your Dill
- 3 4 Ways to Dry Your Dill
- 4 1. Drying Dill in a Dehydrator
- 5 How to Use a Dehydrator to Dry Dill Weed
- 6 2. Hanging Dill Out to Air Dry
- 7 How to Air Dry Fresh Dill (Can Be Inside or Outside)
- 8 3. Drying Dill in the Microwave
- 9 4. Drying Dill in the Oven
- 10 What to Do With Dried Dill
How to Dry Dill
There are 4 main ways to dry dill and keep using it for months after the harvest is over.
How to Prepare and Clean Your Dill
Cleaning your dill will help you remove any excess dirt, pollen (thanks, trees!), and any pests that might be hanging out on your dill sprigs.
I would recommend that you keep the dill sprigs intact as this will make dry and processing the dill later on much easier.
4 Ways to Dry Your Dill
After your dill has been washed and is ready for the drying process, there are some great options you can use to actually dry it out and preserve fresh dill.
1. Drying Dill in a Dehydrator
A dehydrator can come in handy with all kinds of kitchen chores. And drying herbs is absolutely one of those things it can help with.
Compared to drying your dill by hanging it up, this method is MUCH faster.
- How Long it Takes: 4-6 hours
- How Well it Holds Flavor: 4 out of 5
- What You Need: Food Dehydrator
How to Use a Dehydrator to Dry Dill Weed
Herbs typically need to be dehydrated at a temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit, so you want to make sure that you’re using a dehydrator that allows the temperature to be that low.
Low and slow wins the race! Err something like that? 🙂
1. Wash Your Dill
Wash your dill off and pat off any excess moisture that remains. You can also use a salad spinner to dry off your dill.
2. Place dill on your dehydrator racks
When putting your dill on the racks, try and keep the dill separated so you
3. Set the Dehydrator to 95F for 4 Hours
But make sure to set a timer on your phone or oven for 2 hours. This is when you’ll want to start checking on your dill.
It can take up to six hours for fresh dill to dry depending on the room temperature, humidity, etc.
4. Take Them Out When They’re Ready
About 4-6 hours from when you started your dehydrated dill should be ready to go! Make sure to check all of your dill to see if there are any moist parts. If so, throw them back in. If not, it’s time to process them and put them in an airtight container, like a mason jar or plastic bag.
2. Hanging Dill Out to Air Dry
Letting the air dry out your dill weed is a great option – it’s also the most cost-efficient and produces the best tasting dill — however it does take some time.
- How long it takes:
- 1-2 weeks
- What you’ll need:
- Twine aka jute
- Some patience
- A place to hang your dill for a few weeks
- Great tasting dill
- It takes the longest
- It takes up space
How to Air Dry Fresh Dill (Can Be Inside or Outside)
Air drying is a great way to dry out your fresh herbs if you have the patience. 🙂
- How Long it Takes: 1-2 weeks
- How Well it Holds Flavor: 4 out of 5
- What You Need: Jute or twine
1. Wash Your Dill Sprigs
2. Tie Your Dill Sprigs Together
Get about 10 or so in one bunch and tie them with jute or gardener’s twine.
3. Hang your dill upside down in a place that has good air flow and can stay in the same place for 1-2 weeks
This can be a place inside or outside, although being outside in the sun generally speeds up the drying process by about a week. If the spot you’ve picked gets dusty, you can put your dill bunches in paper bags and just make a few cuts for air flow.
4. Give it about 1-2 weeks
It takes time for dill to dry this way, but it is a method thats been used for years, so it definitely works!
3. Drying Dill in the Microwave
- How Long it Takes: 60-120 seconds
- How Well it Holds Flavor: 2 out of 5
- What You Need: Microwave
1. Place paper towels on a microwave safe dish
2. Lay dill sprigs on the paper towel, without overlapping too much
3. Microwave for 1 minute
Then check on your dill and see if it’s dry yet. If not, put them back in.
4. Put them back in for 15-30 seconds at a time
Continue this process until your dill is completely dry and crunch when you touch them.
Keep in mind that if you leave them in too long you will COOK them and we don’t want that so keep a close eye on them.
5. Remove the stems
You can leave the dill stems in tact, but I like to remove them to save space in the jar and because they can be thick stems!
6. Put dried dill in your container of choice
This can be a mason jar, spice jar, ziploc bag, etc.
What you need:
- Fresh dill sprigs
- A good-sized bowl or clean sink
- Mason jar or spice jar with a tight-sealing lid
4. Drying Dill in the Oven
Ovens are kind of tricky because you want to get the temperature down low enough to NOT cook the leaves and just dry them.
1. Preheat oven to its lowest temperature (usually ~ 170 degrees Fahrenheit).
If you can go lower, do it! You’ll save a lot more of the flavor by cooking lower and slower.
2. Add parchment paper to a baking sheet
3. Put Dill on the baking sheet
Try not to layer up the dill sprigs too much. You’ll end up with unevenly drying herbs and this process will take long and be more complicated.
4. Check on your dill after 30 minutes
It’s very unlikely the dill will be dry by then, but it does happen! So make sure to check on it regularly.
Check every 15 minutes after that to see if they are dry – it will happen quickly.
What to Do With Dried Dill
So you’ve dried your dill, now what do you do with it?
I like to use a mortar and pestle to grind it up so it fits better into an airtight container.
You can store dried dill for around 7-10 months. And since the drying process doesn’t really take that long, this seems like a win-win to me!
Dill is also a great pickling spice. You can make pickles with cucumbers and garlic. I’ll post my recipe here soon!