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Can you freeze fresh dill?

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Fresh dill can be easily frozen and stays fresh in the freezer for approximately five months. To freeze dill, wash the sprigs in cold water and pat them dry before spreading them on a cookie sheet and placing them in the freezer. When they are frozen, transfer the sprigs to a tightly sealed freezer bag.

For the freshest tasting dill, harvest it in the morning and freeze immediately. If using store-bought dill, check the fresh herbs frequently as their price is often reduced for quick sale. Although dried dill quickly loses its flavor, frozen dill retains its aroma and flavor. Frozen dill thaws almost immediately, so simply take the required amount from the freezer bag and use normally in recipes when desired.

Dill, often referred to as dill weed, is an annual herb commonly used for culinary purposes in Europe and Central Asia. The aromatic herb is often used to flavor pickles, sauces and soups. It is also a popular addition to seafood dishes such as salmon, trout, scallops and sea bass.

The dill plant thrives in areas with hot summers and plentiful sunshine, and it grows best in nutrient-rich, well-drained soil. Dill is a good companion plant for cucumber due to the insects its flowers attract, but it is not a good companion for tomatoes or carrots.

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