Chive Selection and StorageIf you are not growing your own, fresh chives are readily available fresh in most markets year-round. Choose fresh, uniform-sized, evenly green leaves with no signs of wilting, yellowing, or drying. In a pinch, chopped scallion greens may be used as a substitute, but the onion flavor will be more pronounced.
Chives are also available frozen and freeze-dried for instant convenience. If you have an abundance of chives, you might wish to try drying your own at home.
To freeze-dry chives, place chopped chives on a cookie sheet and place them uncovered in the freezer. When the moisture has evaporated and they are dry and brittle, transfer to a glass spice jar and seal tightly. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.
Store fresh chives in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for up to a week. Do not wash until ready to use them, as excessive moisture will promote decay.
More about Chives and Chive Recipes:• Chive Selection and Storage
• The Difference Between Chives and Garlic Chives - FAQ
• Chive Cooking Tips
• Chives and Health
• Chive History
• Chive Recipes
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