I love fresh dill. I like it mixed into yogurt or cream cheese to spread on bread, and I love it in my Breakfast Veggie Omelettes.
Come winter, though, and fresh dill is harder to find and more expensive. Yes, I could buy it at the grocery store, but where we are in Madison, WI, a small package of fresh dill can cost $3 AND it comes all the way from Michigan!!
Right now I can get lovely bunches of fresh dill at the farmers market for $1. So in the spirit of being frugal and supporting local farmers, I'll be preserving a few bunches of it for the winter months. Here's how I'm doing it...
But let's face it, fresh dill has a much stronger flavour, and I love that little touch of freshness in the middle of winter.
I realize that many of you probably already know how to do this, but for those who are wondering the best way to freeze dill, this is how I do it.
How to Freeze Dill
First I wash my bunches of dill thoroughly and dry them. I like to do this in my salad spinner. I just lay the whole bunch down as is - it'll make it easier to pick out the thicker stems afterwards.
I fill it with water, and give it a good swish, drain, rinse and repeat. Give it a very good spin to dry it off.
|Inside the spinner, a thorough rinsing, several good spins, then left a few minutes to dry|
Then I cut off the thicker stems and pick out the leafier bits and chop the fronds into roughly 1/4" long bits.
Then I loosely pack it into a freezer container, like an old plastic yogurt or cheese container or a mason jar. Then pop it into the freezer!
When I want some, I just use a fork to scrap off a bit (a little bit goes a long way!).
This keeps for several months in the freezer. I usually use it up before it goes bad, so I can't say for sure how long it will last.
Do you preserve dill or other herbs for the winter?
|Dill, packed into an old bocconcini cheese container :)|
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