Does anyone here know if there's some special secret to drying dill (the vegetation, not the seeds)? None of my other herbs seem to need much help -- just hang them somewhere darkish. I tried a little of the dill and it doesn't seem to have any flavor left at all.
I don't find dried dill from the store to have much flavor either. Maybe dill is like parsley and cilantro. Once dried, not much taste? Which is sad because I can only grow them in the few cooler months here. Hey, I just had an idea that I've read elsewhere on DG! You can preserve them in the freezer by mixing with some olive oil? or water? , blend and put in ice cube trays. I'd have to look for the specifics--if you come across any info, post it! Janet
I have always put the dill fronds between sheets of wax paper to dry for several days- then put it in the oven on warm untill very dry. Then crumble off the stems and store in glass jar. Just make sure it is dead dry or it will mold.
You can freeze whole heads in water if you are going to use it in a wet medium such as pickles but if you are putting dill in salads such as tuna or salmon it will be to wet.
I also make dill and garlic vinegar- air dry the dill and peeled garlic cloves (if you don't like garlic do not use) for several hours, put in jar and fill with white or cider vinegar- I use what I have- then place jar in very warm water till it cools. you need to heat the vinegar to allow flavor to develope but my DH hates house smelling of vinegar if I just heated the vinegar. The longer it sits the stronger the flavor, just make sure the dill is covered with vinegar or remove when the vinegar is strong enough.
I use it with my grandmothers sliced cucumber recipe:
slice cucumbers and an onion- peel if store bought-soak in strong salt water 3-4 hours in the refridgerator, rinse and drain well, then add the vinegar- you do not have to totally cover the cucs (they will be limp) chill till dinner. They will keep for several days.
Thanks for sharing! The vinegar sounds great and especially with the cucs. Kind of like refrigerator pickles, but even easier. I'll definitely try that! Also, I've now read several articles about blending up herbs with olive oil and freezing in ice cube trays. I think I'll do that with my cilantro, parsley and dill since they will not grow here in Houston once weather warms up.
I'm lazy, I cut the fronds from the stem with scissors, and throw it in a ziplock. When it's frozen, I smack the bag on the counter, and it shatters. No chopping necessary. Tastes just like fresh; I made dilled green beans last night with dill I froze back in the summer.
I'll give you, I don't eat tuna or salmon, but I use it in tuna salad frequently, and it doesn't seem any more watery than fresh. I use it in other dishes where I think I'd notice wateriness, like tzatziki, and it's not. Sometimes if the bag has been opened lots of times-by April/May, you'll get a little ice, in that case I just spoon out however much I want onto a paper towel, press it for a second, and then use it normally. It tastes so much better than dried.
I'll see if I can take a photo of the relative wetness of it for you.