Don’t think of chives simply as a garnish; instead, use them to brighten and enliven countless dishes. This springtime favorite, allium schoenoprasum by its botanical name, imparts a mild onion flavor that pairs with vegetables, meats, eggs, soups and salads alike. You can preserve chives to use out of season and enjoy their gentle flavor year-round.
Things You'll Need
Wash fresh chives and give them a few turns in a salad spinner or allow them to air dry.
Cut chives into 1/4-inch pieces, discarding any damaged parts. Arrange the pieces in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Preheat the oven to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Put the baking sheet in the oven, leaving the door ajar.
Dry the chives for 4 to 6 hours, or until they become crisp. Take the chives out of the oven, cool them completely and store them in an airtight container.
Gather a small bundle of chives and secure it at the base with a rubber band or twist-tie. Hang the chives upside down in a warm, dry location.
Check on the chives regularly to tighten the twist-tie or rubber band as needed because chives shrink as they drive. Allow them several days to fully dry.
Remove the rubber band or twist-tie once the chives are thoroughly dry and crisp. Store the chives whole or cut them into pieces. Seal the dried chives in an airtight container.
References and ResourcesMaking and Using Dried Foods: Phyllis Hobson
The Old Farmer's Almanac: Chives
Mother Earth News: Drying Herbs: Easier Than You Think