5 ways to make dried dill. Collection and storage tips and other practical advice

5 ways to make dried dill. Collection and storage tips and other practical advice

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Dill is one of the most common herbs used in cooking. Greens take their roots in Asia (in different sources - Central and Southwest). It was there that wild dill was found and adapted for consumption.

Now dill is widely grown and used in almost all corners of the Earth, where there is access to sunlight. Due to its persistent specific smell, dill is an excellent addition to dishes from any type of meat, fish, poultry. Soups and salads also become much tastier and richer if you add these greens to them.

Dill is widely used for salting vegetables for the winter. It is very important that you can find use for both fresh herbs and dried dill, and even seeds. Dill is also a part of such common seasonings as adjika and khmeli-suneli. Greens contain a huge amount of nutrients, micro and macro elements, vitamins and essential oils.

Are the beneficial properties lost?

The main season for dill is summer. But if you take care in advance, then it can be used throughout the year. The main ways to preserve dill are drying and freezing.

Let's dwell on drying in more detail. It has been scientifically proven that, in comparison with freezing, properly dried greens contain more vitamins and trace elements, such as:

  • calcium;
  • iron;
  • phosphorus;
  • magnesium;
  • beta carotene;
  • vitamin E, C.

What are the best varieties?

All varieties of dill are suitable for drying, but it is better to choose with the highest content of essential oils, such as:

  1. Alligator.
  2. Richelieu.
  3. Mischievous.
  4. Grenadier.
  5. Redoubt.
  6. Frost.
  7. Kutuzovsky.

These varieties retain a persistent aroma for several years.

When and how to collect greens?

It is better to dry the young plant before the umbrellas appear on it.... Such dill has not yet lost its juiciness. The best time to harvest is early summer. When harvesting, preference is given to fresh and elastic branches of dill, uniformly green in color with a specific smell. After collecting the twigs, you need to carefully look for the presence of bugs and insects, remove the yellowed and dented twigs. For pickling, drying of umbrellas and dill seeds is also allowed (how to pickle dill in jars?).

If possible, it is recommended not to wash the greens before drying. If the greens are purchased, then you must carefully rinse with cool water, and then dry the dill dry with a waffle towel or paper napkin to prevent rotting.

How to make a plant dry?

Dill is dried whole or chopped... It is recommended to dry the branches completely, and then, in the dried state, separate the thin leaves from the stem. If necessary, you can grind additionally with your fingers. With this method of drying, the greatest amount of essential oils and microelements is preserved.


There are two ways of natural drying: vertical and horizontal.

  1. Vertical more suitable for drying whole dill. To do this, dill branches are collected in bunches of 5-7 pieces, carefully pulled with a thread (it is important not to damage the stem) and suspended at a distance of 7-10 cm from each other. The place where the greens will be dried should be well ventilated and out of reach of sunlight. An attic or attic is ideal.
  2. During horizontal drying dill is laid out in a thin layer on a surface where there is no sunlight. Here it is necessary to monitor the herbs, turning or stirring as necessary to prevent debate or rotting. This drying usually takes 2-3 days. You need to constantly monitor the process, since when dry, dill loses most of its beneficial properties and vitamins.

In an electric dryer

Dill is laid out in a thin layer on a wire rack and a temperature of 40 degrees is selected. If the electric dryer has a "grass" mode, then drying becomes even faster and easier. On average, this process takes 2-3 hours.

In the oven

Not everyone has an electric dryer, so drying in the oven is considered the most convenient method.

  1. Place the dill in a thin layer on a baking sheet. It is very important not to let the greens come into contact with the metal, as this can cause yellowing of the dill and the loss of micronutrients.
  2. Dill is dried at a temperature of 30 degrees until wilting, then it is necessary to increase the temperature regime to 50 degrees.
  3. The oven door must be slightly open during the entire drying period to create additional air circulation.

It usually takes about 3 hours to dry in the oven.

Every 30-60 minutes, remove the baking sheet and check the herbs, turn or stir as necessary so that the drying process proceeds evenly.

In the microwave

  1. Spread the dill in a thin layer on a paper or regular flat plate, cover the top with a napkin.
  2. Greens are placed in the microwave for 3 minutes at maximum power.
  3. After the specified time, the dill is taken out, the paper is removed, examined, if necessary, stirred or turned over and again sent to the microwave for another 3 minutes.

In the fridge

This is the longest drying method.

  1. Spread the dill in a thin layer on a flat plate or tray and cover with a napkin on top.
  2. For 2-3 weeks, greens are placed in the refrigerator on the top shelf or in a compartment with a positive temperature.
  3. Periodically it is necessary to inspect, turn the greens and change the napkin. During this time, all the moisture comes out and the dill dries on its own.

Read about whether it is possible to keep dill fresh in the refrigerator and how to prepare it in other ways.

How to prepare it for the winter so that it stays green?

If not dried properly, greens can turn yellow. In this case, not only does the appearance of the greens deteriorate, but a large amount of vitamins, nutrients and essential oils is lost. The main reason for yellowing of dill is overdrying.

Highly it is important to closely monitor all stages of drying, turn and mix greens in a timely manner, observe the correct temperature regime. For fridge and microwave drying, cover the dill throughout the entire process.

Where to store it correctly?

It is very simple to check the readiness of dried herbs: properly dried dill will grind between your fingers without turning into dust. If the dill breaks, wrinkles, but does not rub, drying must be continued.

It is recommended to keep dried herbs in a shaded glass container with a tight-fitting lid in a cool, dark place. Coffee bags with zippers, paper bags, linen bags are also suitable. Avoid moisture and direct sunlight on dried herbs. This will preserve vitamins, micro- and macroelements, as well as the aroma of greens for a long time.

What dishes can you add?

Dry dill is used not only in cooking, but also as an independent medicine., which can be used in almost unlimited quantities. Dill is an excellent antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. Decoctions are prepared from dried dill that help lower blood pressure, normalize heart rate, and cleanse blood vessels.

Dill also helps lower blood sugar and relieve diabetes. It is recommended to add greens to all dishes, including salads, it has a beneficial effect on the gastrointestinal tract and improves appetite. Also, greens have a calming effect, it is recommended to use it for sleep disorders and stressful situations.

Due to its aroma, dill cannot be compared with any other herbs: basil, parsley, cilantro. They are all good in their own way, but without dill, the taste of any dish becomes less bright and rich.

Choosing between greens purchased on the market and grown by yourself, it is better to give preference to the second option. Especially now dill can be grown even at home... In the apartment, special boxes with pallets and peat pots are used for this.

In specialized stores, you can find a lot of different additives, thanks to which it will be very easy to grow these greens. It also does not take up much space. You can even place it on a windowsill. This is a great alternative to buying greens from the market.

We suggest watching a video on how to properly dry dill for the winter:

Watch the video: Never Use an Oven or Dehydrator to Dry Herbs Again With This Century Old Method (June 2022).


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