Question about freezing chives

catherinet(5 IN)October 11, 2006

Hi,

After washing and drying chives (whole stems), do I put all of them in one bag, or do I only put enough in a bag for a single use? Thanks!

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Daisyduckworth(Aust)

Unless you want dozens of itty bitty bags floating around your freezer, put them all into one bag. BUT squash the pile flat like a pancake (make several pancakes if you have enough chives). The pancakes can then be transferred to a container, with plastic wrap between layers. This way you can easily snap off the amount you need, without having to attack a mountain with a jackhammer. Alternatively, if you are going to add chives to something like a stew, freeze them in water in an ice-cube tray. No need to thaw. Just plop in an ice-cube or two.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2006 at 3:06AM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Hi daisy,
Sorry I'm having trouble understanding this!
I don't have tons of it, but enough for a couple bags. If I flatten the bags out, could I reach into one bag, and just break off the amount of chives that I want, after they're frozen, and return the bag to the freezer?
Also.......if I do it in ice cube trays, do I just snip them into small pieces that fit into a tray and then fill with water? Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 12, 2006 at 9:17AM
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jackz411

Freezer: Just snap off what you need.

Cubes: Fill each cube in the try with cut chives and water. Freeze. Transfer to a good freezer bag or container. Then just use a cube or 2 whenever needed.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2006 at 3:52PM
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scrappyjack

Do they need to be dried first?

    Bookmark   October 12, 2006 at 5:48PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

THanks Jack.
Scrappy..........I'm assuming they can be fresh before putting them in the freezer and ice cube trays. After you wash the fresh ones, though, I think I'd dry them off good first..........at least the ones just going into a baggy in the freezer.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2006 at 7:40AM
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Daisyduckworth(Aust)

They don't need to be dried first.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2006 at 5:47PM
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scrappyjack

Thanks! I don't know that I'd ever heard of dried chives, but I never prepared herbs before! I'll have to get mine picked and froze before they freeze(?). heehee
My daughter (8yrs old) decided she LOVES sour cream and chives on her baked potatoes! YUM! :)

    Bookmark   October 13, 2006 at 8:29PM
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vera_eastern_wa(5a-5b)

This is what I do:
I cut my chives in half and then lay them all out on a sheet to freeze them. Then I scoop them all off quickly into a zip-lock and put back in the freezer. The first step seems to prevent them from sticking together.

Vera

    Bookmark   October 14, 2006 at 11:26AM
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