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How to Dry Fresh Dill

How to Dry Fresh Dill

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.

How to Dry Fresh Dill

What do you need to dry fresh dill?

How to Dry Fresh Dill

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.

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.

How to Dry Fresh Dill

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.

How to Dry Fresh Dill

 

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10 Comments

  1. Thanks Pam. This was a fun activity this morning. I don’t use dill very often but I do have a favorite tuna salad recipe that uses it and instead of continuing to leave it out of the recipe I thought I’d buy a jar of dried dill weed. When I looked at the jar prices, six or seven dollars, then saw that fresh dill was $1.75 for a small package I decided to dry it myself. It worked very well and was easy. I am quite sure that it will taste better than the dried stuff that comes in a jar.

  2. I was buying good quality dried herbs before, but drying dill with this method results in dill with better taste and appearance! The dill is a brighter green with a brighter taste and amps up my favorite recipes for dill bread and chickpea salad.

    1. Anna,

      I’m so glad you are liking the homemade dried dill. I think it has so much more flavor than the expensive store-bought versions. Thanks for taking the time to let me know.

      -Pam

  3. I dried dill and found that the flavor was not kept. I just dried some parsley and was recommended to blanch first for 30 sec. Have you ever blanched your dill before drying?