Chives are one of the most convenient types of herbs to grow in your garden They are a seasonal herb, which suggests they grow back year after year. They’re likewise one of the earliest crops from my garden every spring, and among the current in the fall. However I can’t grow them all year, so I need to freeze them for winter season use. Freezing chives is extremely simple, and a terrific way to protect the taste of freshly gathered chives.
How to freeze chives from your garden.
Recently I wrote a post about how to harvest chives, however how do you preserve all those chives once you’ve harvested them? In my opinion, the simplest way to protect chives is by freezing them.
HOW TO FREEZE CHIVES
1. Rinse the chives: After harvesting the chives, rinse them in cold water and remove any brown or yellow stems. Drain them and pat them dry.
2. Dry the chives well: I like to utilize my salad spinner to remove the excess water from the chives so they’ll dry much faster (optional). If they’re too wet when you freeze them, they tend to stick together.
3. Chop the chives: When you get the majority of the water off the chives, just chop them up as you generally would.
4. Flash freeze chives: Flash freezing the chives will keep them from sticking together. Spread out the chives out on a cookie sheet and position them in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
5. Keeping chives: When you’re done, just pour the chives into a freezer bag or other freezer safe container, then save them in the freezer.
I grow two types of chives, regular chives and garlic chives, and maintain them both the very same way. You can utilize frozen chives in recipes the same way you would use fresh chives, they taste simply as tasty. It’s so great to be able to delight in garden fresh chives all year long.