How to Freeze Dill
This is the approach to take if you’re really pushed for time – it’s not the best method, however. Like many soft herbs such as parsley, dill will lose its texture when frozen so it’s not something you’ll be using for garnishing dishes or eating raw.
Instead, you’ll only want to use it to impart some aniseed flavour into your next dish.
Take your dill stalks and give them a quick clean. You can run them under cold water, but you will need to make sure they are completely dry.
- Bag Up
Once dry, place your dill into a resealable bag. Seal it up, squeezing as much of the air out as possible.
Place the bag in the freezer.
How to Freeze Dill in Ice Cubes
This is a far better approach to take when it comes to freezing dill. It’s more useable and gives you more versatility:
- Prep Dill
First, you need to prepare your dill. To do this, remove the fronds from the stems then finely dice it up.
- Fill an Ice Cube Tray
Grab an ice cube tray and place your dill into each slot. You’ll want to fill it around 50% of the way up. Top it up with water (or olive oil) and then wrap the tray in clingfilm before placing it into the freezer.
- Bag Up
Once the cubes have frozen solid, pop them out of the tray and into a freezer-safe bag.
- Final Freeze
Place the bag back into the freezer.
3 Tips for Freezing Dill
Now you know how to freeze dill in a couple of ways, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing them to have the best results:
- Avoid Freezing on its Own – If possible, try to avoid freezing dill as leaves on their own in a bag. They’re very delicate, and you’ll find they won’t freeze well at all. Instead, try freezing in cubes which can be mixed with other herbs, spices and flavourings.
- Try Making Butter – Herb butter freezes really well, which is why it’s a great way to store dill in the freezer. Mix soft butter with a handful of dill then, using cling film, roll into a log and freeze.
- Use Cooked – You won’t want to use your dill raw or as a garnish as it will have lost its texture. Instead, only use frozen dill for its flavour.
How Long Can You Freeze Dill?
Dill will keep in the freezer in either form for around 6 months. As with all soft herbs, the flavour will degrade with time so the quicker you can use them, the better. 6 months would be the maximum that you’ll want to keep them in the freezer.
As always, you should use labels on the bags to state the contents (you’d be surprised how many green herb cubes you end up with) and the date in which they need to be used by.
You Can Freeze Dill for up to 6 Months
How Do You Defrost Dill?
Because dill is so delicate and thin, you don’t need to defrost it. If you’re using whole dill stems, then you can toss these into your dish. If you’re using the ice cubes then, again, you need to toss this into your dish.
Let’s assume you’re doing boiled potatoes and know how well dill goes with them? You need to cook your potatoes as you normally would.
Drain them and then add in your cube of dill along with a little butter and stir over a very low heat until it has thawed and coated your potatoes. Easy!
Can You Refreeze Dill?
Dill is a very sensitive, soft herb with a very delicate flavour. Freezing it once is already risky and can instantly degrade the flavour. Refreezing it will make it even worse so it’s not something we would advise doing if it can be helped.
Does Dill Freeze Well?
In terms of flavour, dill does freeze well. If you want to add that fabulous and unique dill flavour to a cooked dish, then it will work wonders. Where it falls flat is in its texture and look. There is a chance that it will become mushy and dark green to brown.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing dill or dill in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Dill Pickles?
Why would you want to? Dill pickles will last in a mason jar for a year or two if kept submerged and sealed. There would be no advantage to freezing them.
Can You Freeze Dill Butter?
You certainly can. Make your butter first and foremost. When you shape it, try and do it into a long sausage. Once the butter is solid you’re ready to freeze it. You can either freeze it as a log. Or, you can freeze it in slices.
Take a baking tray and line it with baking paper. Slice your butter into rings and place on the tray and then into the freezer. Once the butter has frozen solid you can take the butter off the tray and into a bag.
When you’re next cooking fish or potatoes, for example, grab a ring of butter straight from the freezer and place it on top of your dish in the oven. It’ll thaw and then melt over your dinner.