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Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Gourmet Oil and Vinegar

Tips of the lighter side of Summer Dill

Dill has long been used in a variety of our favorite summer foods. You can always find dill pickles, dill dips, and creamy dill salad dressing during the summer months. Dill, as a parsley family member, is both assertive and aromatic in flavor and taste. Dill, a herb, is grown all over the world and is highly popular in areas such as Asia, Poland, Scandinavia and Russia. The following is a helpful variety of tips when it comes to buying, storing, cooking, and mixing.

The first tips we will suggest are on buying dill. It is easy to determine the age of dill. If you find fronds and stalks that are limp, dull, or dry, you will want to put it back down and move on. You want to select dill that has a strong dill smell and has a color of bright green. If you are looking for fresh dill, you will find that they are easily found in the months of spring, summer, and fall. During the winter, you will need to look for packaged dill. If you are looking to make dill pickles, you may be able to find full dill stalks with their seeds still in tact for this purpose.

Next, we will talk about storing dill. When storing fresh dill, you should place it in water. Placing the fresh dill in a jar, filled with water, then placing a plastic bag over the jar top, you will be able to keep the fresh dill, store fresh within your refrigerator for at least one week.

When it comes to cooking dill, there are so many different uses that it would be impossible to list them all. Many people enjoy mixing dill with their favorite shellfish or fish foods. Furthermore, dill can be the perfect kick for items such as mayonnaise, butter sauce, yogurt sauce, or vinaigrettes. You can also find those that enjoy adding the dill herb to popular dishes such as carrots, green beans, squash, potatoes, and cabbage.

The following is a delicious recipe for mustard dill dressing. This dressing is perfect for putting atop your salads or your favorite fish type.

Three Teaspoons fennel seed (toasted)
Half Cup of Dijon Mustard
One-Teaspoon Mustard (Dry)
Fourth cup Sugar
Half cup White Wine Vinegar
One cup Olive Oil
One tablespoon dill (fresh and chopped)

Using a coffee grinder, grind the fennel seeds and place into a medium sized mixing bowl. Then add the sugar, dry mustard, white wine vinegar, and Dijon mustard, mix thoroughly. Using a whisk, slowly mix in the olive oil until the mixture is creamy and thick. Finally, stir in the fresh, chopped dill.


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