How to Save Dill Seeds

Knowing how to save dill seeds is crucial, no matter what you're planning on using them for. The best dill seeds come from the late-blooming plants, which usually bloom in late summer. Preserving dill seeds is incredibly easy, so you can add their delicious flavor to food whenever you'd like. There are several easy at-home preservation methods that will work well and keep your dill fresh for years.

Jar Preservation

If you're saving your dill seeds for flavor, you should keep them in pickle vinegar and wait for the seeds to mature and turn brown. This is when the seeds are the most flavorful and they will become more flavorful the longer they stay in the vinegar.

The best storage method for dill seeds is placing them in a clear, air-tight jar. The jar should be sealed with tape around the lid and kept in a dark, cool location, such as a basement. They can be stored safely for several years, but should be checked periodically to ensure a tight seal.

Freezing

Keeping the dill attached to the stalk, rinse it in cool water and let it dry on a paper towel. Once it's dry, put it in a clear, plastic storage bag and seal it tight. Gaps in the seal can result in freezer-burned dill, which causes the plant to lose freshness.

Drying

Drying out dill is perfect for people who wish to use it on food. Place the dill under cool water to rinse it and then allow it to air dry on a paper towel. Place the parts of the plant that you wish to preserve (you can preserve the flowers and leaves in addition to the seeds) in a food dehydrator. Following the directions for drying herbs, keep the dill in the dehydrator for the allotted time and then store it in a vacuum-sealed bag. 

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