How to Store Dill

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Cut dill leaves often to prevent seeds from forming.
Cut dill leaves often to prevent seeds from forming. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Dill is a flavorful herb that makes a great addition to fish, salads, cheese, eggs and casseroles. You can purchase fresh dill at grocery stores, or grow your own in a kitchen herb garden. If you're growing your own, harvest dill just before the seeds begin to form. Take special care to properly store dill for the best flavor and longest shelf life. You can store dill in a number of different ways, depending on the length of time you intend to store it.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh dill leaves
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bags
  • Cookie sheet

Wrap dill leaves in a moist paper towel and place in a plastic bag. Store in your refrigerator's crisper for seven to 10 days. Wash the dill before using it.

Wash and thoroughly dry the dill. Trim the stems and chop the leaves. Place the chopped leaves in a freezer-safe, zip-top bag. Store in your freezer for up to six months. After six months, the dill's quality will begin to decline.

Spread the dill evenly over a cookie sheet or shallow baking pan. Place in an oven heated to no higher at 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the oven door open, and allow dill leaves to dry thoroughly over three to four hours. Once the dill is fully dried, place in an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place. Dried dill can be kept indefinitely, but it will become less potent over time.

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