Before Dave and I had Tripp, we had two children: our dog, Riggins, and our garden. We would get up every morning and water the garden while drinking our coffee. Before we concerned ourselves with baby throw up, waking up in the middle of the night, etc. we were really perplexed about our dill plant that wouldn’t stop growing (I know, problems). It started out as an innocent little seedling, and quickly becoming the most flourishing plant in our garden. That would be great except 1) dill isn’t my favorite herb, and the taste is too overpowering to use in large amounts, and 2) Dave isn’t good at sharing to begin with and the dill was starting to encroach on “his” plants (the tomatoes and peppers). So in order to solve this great dilemma, I decided to dry the dill and give it away to people (get it out of my garden). I didn’t realize all I needed to do was have a baby and go back to work for my garden to wither and die. But anyway, herbs are always great gifts (especially when you want to give someone something green for St. Patty’s Day). They’re often something people look at in the produce section and don’t pick up because each package of herbs is like $15 for 2 little leaves. When you give people things, you feel good, and it feels even better when you give something away you didn’t really want anyway!
The dill bush before (front right)
The dill bush later on…
Step 1: cut large stems of dill off of plant
Step 2: Remove large stems
Step 3: Arrange on dehydrator sheet on single layer. Dehydrate on herb setting or 125 degrees for 4-6 hours.
Step 4: Blend on medium-high speed for about 20 seconds
Put the herbs in a cute jar, and they’re ready to be gifted!