Drying Dill

Drying dill is a good way to store the herb so that you can keep it for later use. It's not very difficult to dry and then store dill and it can keep relatively well for several months. Here are some tips to help you dry and store dill so that you can use it in cooking months from when you cut it or bought it.

The first thing you should do when drying dill is to cut it. You want to cut dill when the flower buds have formed but not yet flowered. Then you have some options. You may choose to air dry the dill. To do this, collect the cut dill and tie it together using either twine or string. Hang the drill upside down from a hook or a tack. Keep an eye on the dill to make sure that it doesn't get moldy. You'll know that the dill is ready to be stored when it breaks easily.

Another option for drying dill is to do so in the oven or microwave. To dry dill in the microwave, set the oven to 120 degrees. Spread the dill out on a baking sheet in one layer. Bake the dill for five to eight hours, checking it regularly to ensure that it doesn't get too dry. To microwave the dill, place it in a single layer on a microwavable plate and cook it for one minute, flipping it halfway.

You may also choose to use a dehydrator. This is an especially good choice for people who dry herbs often. You can dry dill in a dehydrator much the way you dry it in the oven. Place it in a single layer on a tray and place it in the dehydrator.

Once the dill is dry, you can chop it, separating the dill leaves from the stems. This will make it easy to store. Make sure that you store it in a dry, dark place.

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