Freezing Chives

Herbs Chives

I love growing things in the garden, and whilst I have been a bit slack this year, my herb garden is still growing strong.  I love the fact that with minimal maintenance I can grow fresh herbs to use in the kitchen, and with a little bit of effort I have enough to last the whole year.  This is the method I use to preserve my chives for an all year round supply.

Freezing Herbs

Chives are perennial, which means they come up year after year.  They seem to do well in my herb patch.  I use them in salads, omelettes, egg mayonnaise and they are great in fresh potato salad.  I end up growing far more than I need in the spring and summer, so I end up freezing a load so I have an endless supply over the winter months.

Here is the method I use to freeze my chives.

  1. First harvest your chives.  I find using scissors is the easiest.
  2. Wash and dry your chives well using kitchen towel or a clean tea towel.
    Freezing Chives

    Wash and dry the herbs well

  3. Chop the chives up to the required size (again I use clean kitchen scissors as I find this easier than using a knife),and place flat on a clean baking tray.
  4. Freeze flat on a tray for at least 12 hours.
    Freezing Chives

    Freeze flat on a baking tray

  5. When frozen place them into a jar or a sealed bag and keep them in the freezer.  As they are frozen flat they don’t stick together, and last all year long!Freezing Chives
  6. These can be added to your egg mayo, potato salad or other culinary delight straight from the freezer. they take minutes to defrost so can be added just before serving and taste as good as fresh from the garden.

I will be adding more posts about how I preserve other produce from the garden soon. To make sure you never miss a post from me, why don’t you subscribe to my page? You can subscribe by entering your name and e-mail address in the right hand menu.

I also like to hear how other people preserve their crops, so please leave a comment below, I love reading them!

Kerry x

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  1. May 29, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    I love growing plants kerry and yet for some unknown reason I don’t grow ny herbs (let alone freeze them). I really should do because they bring so much flavour to dishes and the freezing obviously preserves them well. Thank you for the prompt, I’ll certainly give it a go. #HowtoSundays

    • Kerry
      May 29, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      You must, they are so easy! So many herbs are perennial. I’ve been really slack in my garden this year, yet my herb garden takes care of itself. I grow mint, oregano, sage, thyme, chives, parsley, and rosemary which need very little effort once established, and just plant tarragon, basil and coriander yearly because I love them. I love finding ways to preserve any harvest. Thanks for your comment x

  2. June 17, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    What a great idea! I never think about being so organised for meals, I must remember to freeze our chives next time. Thanks for linking up to #Howtosunday

    • Kerry
      June 17, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      I try and freeze as many herbs as I can, some preserve better than others, but it’s nice to have fresh herbs in the winter. Hope you had a fab holiday, looked amazing! x

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