Ice Cube Method
By pre-measuring the chives before freezing, you will know the amount of herb in each cube, useful when following recipes. These herb cubes can be added to soups and warm sauces straight from the freezer, or defrosted and used in salad dressings, fish dishes, potato toppings and salads, and many other recipes. Freezing Chives does not affect the mild flavor as much as drying does, but there will be some loss of flavor.
The traditional method of freezing Chives is to chop the fresh herb up fine and suspend them in a little water before freezing.
Salad Spinner or two clean absorbent kitchen towels
Kitchen shears or chopping knife and chopping board
Ice Cube trays
Fresh tap water
1. Pick through the fresh Chives removing damaged leaves and tough stems and rinse. Gently spin dry or pat dry between two kitchen towels to remove as much moisture as possible.
2. Clip into 1/4" sections or chop up the Chives, removing tough stems, and place a teaspoon or two into each compartment of the ice cube trays.
3. Top off with water and freeze in the freezer.
STORAGE: Once the ice cubes have frozen, remove the herbed cubes and store in an air tight freezer bag or jar in your freezer.
USES: These Chives ice cubes can be used in sauces and soups. To use in the Chives as fresh in salad dressings or dishes with little liquid content, place the cube in a glass of room temperature water until melted and strain through a sieve to remove the Chives from the water. Add to the recipe as required.
Vacuum Seal Method
This method allows for great color, texture and flavor retention by keeping the sprigs whole and air tight.
Vacuum sealer with appropriate bag material
Salad Spinner or clean absorbent kitchen towels
Kitchen shears or paring knife
1. Wash the Chives and gently spin dry or blot with kitchen towels to remove excess moisture.
2. Snip or cut off tough woody stems and discolored or damaged leaves.
3. Make a bag from the roll material large enough to hold the sprigs of Chives and allow space between the herb and the final seal and seal one end.
4. Label bag with contents and date sealed.
5. Place herb sprigs into the bag.
6. Place bag end into the sealer and vacuum seal.
7. Place in the freezer flat. After the bags have frozen solid, they can be stored upright, taking up little space in the freezer.