Friday, October 28, 2011

Drying Fresh Dill Leaves Using a Dehydrator



Drying dill leaves (or dill weed) using a dehydrator is a very simple process! If you have grown some yourself or bought some fresh, you can dry it quickly & easily. Here's a step by step guide for the whole process. 

The first step is to choose leaves in good condition. Look through your pile of dill and remove any leaves which are not in peak condition or damaged.


Next, place the dill in colander and gently wash each bunch. I usually break off the extra stem during this step, since they are not needed. After washing, spread them out on a dish towel or paper towels. Once you are done washing them all, carefully blot them dry, removing as much moisture as possible.


I usually like to spread them out a bit and let them further air dry while I clean up the mess I surely made in the kitchen during the washing & de-stemming process. Once dry to your satisfaction, you can begin placing them in your dehydrator.


Try to spread them out evenly on your tray so that they are not over lapping. Once you have filled up your trays, set your dehydrator to 95°F. It may take as little as an hour for your dill to be dry, but may take more depending on the humidity in your area. The average drying time for dill leaves is between one to three hours. Mine took about four to completely dry. You can tell that they are done when they are dry and crumbly, but not burnt. I tend to check mine frequently. Once your dill is dry, simply store it in an air tight container in a dark, dry place, just as you store your other dried herbs.

Below is the dehydrator that we have had for the past few years & we have been very happy with it.






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