Can You Freeze Dill? How?

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Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Dill?

You can freeze dill in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container. You could also freeze it with olive oil or in a dill-lemon compound butter form. Frozen dill should last you for six months or so, and you can directly use it in any recipe.

A little bit of dill can go a long way in terms of flavor 🙂

So, more often than not, you are left with extra dill that is too expensive to throw away. This is why freezing dill is the best way to store it for long.

Check out my comprehensive guide on some great ways to freeze dill to save you the trouble.

Let’s go!

Things to Do Before You Freeze Dill?

Make sure that the dill you have harvested is thoroughly cleaned before you get to the freezing part. But if it is store-bought, you can skip this step as it would be cleaned beforehand.

Rinse the herb – the leaves and the flowers – in water and then shake it lightly to get the moisture out. Then pat it dry with a paper towel. Your dill is now ready to be frozen.

Can You Freeze Dill in a Ziploc Bag?

Can You Freeze Dill in a Ziploc Bag?

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Freezing in a Ziploc bag is the quickest way to freeze dill. All you'll need is a Ziploc bag, and with the additional step of flash freezing it on a cookie sheet, you can have the dill as separate and easy-to-use pieces.

Materials

  • Clean Dill
  • Ziploc Bag
  • Cookie Sheet

Tools

  • No special tools needed

Instructions

    1. Separate the Pieces - Separate the individual pieces of cleaned dill.

      You could also roughly chop the dill and spread them out if you prefer.
    2. Flash Freeze - Lay the dill out (or spread the chopped dill) on a cookie sheet or any flat tray that you can pop in the freezer.

      Leave the tray in the freezer for a few hours to let the dill freeze.
    3. Ziploc Bag It - You can now take the dill off the tray and seal it in the Ziplock bag. Make sure to get as much air out as possible.

Dill in Frozen Oil Cubes

Time Taken: 5 – 10 minutes

What You Need:

  • Dill
  • Ice Cube Tray
  • Olive Oil
  • Cling Wrap
  • Ziploc Bag

You can freeze dill in Frozen oil cubes to store it for as long as a year. This version of dill is great for sauces and stews.

Chop the Dill

Chop the dill into evenly sized pieces, making sure not to chop too finely.

Dill in Ice Tray

Fill 2/3rd of the tray will the chopped dill.

Pour Olive Oil

Cover the rest of the ice tray with olive oil.

Cling Wrap and Flash Freeze

Cover the ice tray with some cling wrap and put the ice tray in the freezer for a few hours or overnight.

Transfer to a Ziploc Bag

Remove the frozen dill in olive oil cubes from the tray and put them in a Ziploc bag, and seal it, removing as much air as you can.

You could also do the same process with water instead of olive oil.

“Kelly Senyei” has a great tutorial video on YouTube to help you out –

Freezing Dill in Compound Butter

Time Taken: 5 – 10 minutes

What You Need:

  • 50g Dill
  • 200g Butter
  • Lemons
  • Salt
  • Cling Wrap

Freezing dill in a lemon-dill compound butter form is a great and flavorful way to store dill for months.

Just a little bit of this wonder can transform your dishes.

Chop the Dill

Roughly chop up the dill and put it in a bowl.

Add Salt

Add salt to taste.

Add Lemon Zest and Lemon Juice

Grate some lemon zest into the bowl and a few tablespoons of lemon juice. You can add more or less lemon juice, as per your preference.

Optional Step

You could mash up the above mixture using a mortar and pestle to make most of the flavor. Or you could move onto the next step.

Add Butter

Add softened butter to the mixture of dill and lemon and mix everything till the flavor spreads evenly.

Roll it Up

Transfer the mixed butter onto a cling wrap and roll it up into roughly the shape of a log.

Flash Freeze

Let it sit in the freezer for a while and harden.

Ziploc Bag It

Take the hard butter and cut them up into small usable portions so that you won’t have to thaw the whole thing every time you have to use it.

Transfer the smaller pieces into a Ziploc bag to freeze.

Check out this awesome video by “GastroLab.TV” on YouTube on how to make a dill-lemon compound butter to freeze –

How Long Can You Freeze Dill?

You can freeze dill for 4 to 6 months.

If you are freezing it in olive oil, you could store it for as long as nine months. The dill-lemon compound butter would last in the freezer for up to 4 months.

How to Store Frozen Dill?

Store your frozen dill in Ziploc bags or any other airtight container. You can cut up your dill-lemon compound butter into coin-sized pieces and store them in a Ziplock bag as well.

How to Defrost Dill?

You can defrost frozen dill by letting it thaw in the refrigerator for a while. But you can go ahead and directly use the frozen dill in your recipes.

Can You Refreeze Dill?

You can refreeze dill, but it is advised not to. Upon repeated freezing, the herb can lose its flavor and texture.

Does Dill Freeze Well?

Yes, dill freezes well and is a great way to store it, compared to other alternatives. However, frozen dill is better used for cooking rather than as garnishes.

FAQs

Can you freeze dill flowers?

Yes, you can freeze dill flowers along with their leaves.

Can you freeze dill seeds?

No, it’s advised not to freeze dill seeds. Instead, store it in a cool, dark, and dry place.

Can you pickle frozen dill?

Yes, you can use frozen dill in any recipe, including making pickles.

Bottom Line

So, if you have too much dill at hand, we hope this article gave you some ideas to try out.

We will love to hear from you if you have other interesting ways to freeze dill.

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About Amanda Jones

Amanda is a person with an eye for detail. She has been cooking since her childhood and loves to bake too. Recently, she's made the decision to pursue baking full-time and quit her 9 to 5 job. In the meantime, she still enjoys cooking and baking for friends and family, especially when it comes time for special occasions like birthdays or holidays!

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