Learning how to dry fresh dill in the oven is really easy and I can’t believe I haven’t thought of doing it before now! I had a bunch of fresh dill in the refrigerator that needed to be used up and coincidentally my son used up the last of my dried dill a few days earlier, so I decided to try drying my fresh dill. I dried the fresh herb in the oven at a very low temperature and it made the house smell wonderful. The dill turned out to be brighter than our normal store-bought version and much less expensive too. I know what I’ll be doing with any leftover fresh dill from now on.
What do you need?
- Cloth towels or paper towels
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper or Silpat mat
- Small glass jar or spice jar
Wash the fresh dill sprigs in cold water then dry very well on a towel or a few paper towels. Remove all the stems from the dill sprigs and place them on a dry towel. Once all the stems are removed, pat them dry one more time.
Evenly scatter the dill on the prepared baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet in the oven for 25 minutes, then check to see how the dill is doing. If it’s really dry and crumbles easily, remove it from the oven, if it’s not, keep it in the oven for another 5-10 minutes, as needed until dried.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10-15 minutes. Roll it up in the parchment paper and crinkle it with your hands until it’s crushed well. Pour into a small glass jar or spice jar and keep stored sealed with an airtight lid in a cool dry place.