How To Dehydrate Fresh Dill Herb
What is Dill?
All of these years I thought I knew what dill was. I knew what it looked like dried in a store-bought spice jar. There is a very little aroma and no flavor. Lately, I’ve been trying to learn more about food. I researched it. I thought I would share a quick description of what I found.
Dill is a herb that grows annually. It grows 16-24″ tall with leaves that are 4-8″ long. The leaves are delicate and look like small ferns. It grows best on warm to hot summer days. The plants’ flowers are white and yellow when blooming. This plant is part of the celery family. It is a companion plant to cucumbers and broccoli. It is a very aromatic herb. Fresh or dried it loses its’ flavor quicker than other herbs.
Dill is a favorite in Eurasia cuisine. It’s a wonderful spice found in recipes from Scandinavia, The Baltic States, Russia, and Finland. It has become a very popular culinary herb with chefs around the world. The seeds and leaves are mostly used as a seasoning in recipes for fish, sauces, and soups. Some vegetable dishes that use dill are potatoes, mushrooms, and salads.
While growing up, I thought that dill was only used to make pickles. Pickles were my favorite food as a kid. Even now pickles are a go-to snack for me. I especially love the kosher dills.
Let’s Get Dehydrating:
Freshly bought baby dill.
I rinsed and dried off the branches with paper towels.
I place the herb on the tray and it is ready to dry.
Dehydrate at 90-110 degrees for 6 to 8 hours. I use a NESCO Snack Master Express Food.
Dill is dry when it is brittle and easily remove from the stem.
What dishes do you like to use dill in?
When done, I store the bulk of my dill in a 1/2 pint mason jar. Then, I vacuum seal the mason jar to keep the herbs fresh. I add some to my spice jar to use right away.
How To Dehydrate Fresh DillMischyf.com
- Mesh Screen
- 1 Bunch Fresh Dill
- Rinse herb with cool water, pat dry
- Place the herbs on a dehydrator tray
- Dehydrate at 110 degrees for 6-8 hours.
- Dill will be brittle and easy to remove from the stem.
- Place in a spice jar or small mason jar.