Freezing chives is simple, and doesn’t take much time. In this post, I will show you exactly how to do it the right way for the freshest flavor and easiest use.
If you love chives as much as I do, then you’ll want to savor that fresh flavor all year long – and freezing them is the best way to do it!
Freezing chives is super easy, and a great way to enjoy them all year round. They hold their flavor and texture very well when frozen, and you can use them in your recipes any time you need them.
There are a couple of different methods you can use to freeze chives. Below I will walk you through the step by step instructions for each. Here’s what you’ll find in this detailed guide…
How To Freeze Chives
Chives are so simple to freeze that you can just toss them into a baggie, and pop them into the freezer. However, doing this could result in one large frozen clump that is difficult to separate later.
So, for best results, I recommend either flash freezing them, or using ice cube trays. Both methods work great. Below are the steps for how to properly freeze chives.
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Flash Freezing Fresh Chives
Flash freezing chives before putting them into a baggie will prevent them from sticking together. Before getting started, make sure to chop them up into usable pieces.
Step 1: Find a cookie sheet – You can use any size cookie sheet you have on hand, just make sure it will fit into your freezer. Lining it with parchment paper first will keep them from sticking, and make it easier to pour the frozen chives into baggies later.
Step 2: Spread the chives evenly – Spread the chopped chives out on a cookie sheet. Try to space them as best as you can so they aren’t touching each other.
Step 3: Flash freeze them – Place them into the freezer on a level surface for about 10-15 minutes, or until they’re solid.
Step 4: Pour them into a freezer bag – Once frozen, simply pour them into a baggie, or other container of your choice, then put them into your ice box.
Step 5: Mark the container – Use a permanent marker to write the date on the container, and label it so you’ll know what’s in there later on.
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Freezing Chives In Ice Cube Trays
The second way you can freeze chives is by putting them into ice trays. I love doing this because I can pre-measure out the perfect portions for use in my recipes. Before starting, chop them up into small pieces.
- Ice trays or herb freezer containers
- Water or olive oil
- Plastic wrap (optional)
- Freezer bag
- Permanent marker
Step 1: Choose your tray size – You can use any size tray that you want to freeze herbs in. I use my mini cube trays, which hold exactly one tablespoon. The perfect amount for most recipes.
Step 2: Put the chives into the trays – Loosely fill each compartment of your tray with the chopped up chives. Don’t pack them in too tightly, or over fill the cells.
Step 3: Add oil or water – Slowly pour water olive oil or water over the chives to fill the rest of each cell. Keep the liquid a little bit below the top so it won’t overflow when it freezes.
Step 4: Freeze the trays – Place the trays into your ice box on a level surface. You can cover them with plastic wrap if you’re concerned about freezer burn.
It takes 20-30 minutes for them to become solid in my freezer. But times can vary depending on how cold yours is. Check on them after 20 minutes, and leave them in longer if they’re still soft.
Step 5: Put them into a container – Once the liquid and the chives are frozen solid, pop them out of the trays and put the cubes into a freezer safe container or baggie.
Olive oil melts very quickly, so try to work as fast as you can if you use that instead of water.
Step 6: Label them for later identification – It’s amazing how quickly you can forget what’s in your freezer (guilty!). So make sure you label and put the date on them too using a sharpie marker.
How To Store Chives In The Freezer
Before putting chives into the freezer for the long term, make sure the container you use can be safely frozen.
I prefer freezer bags for mine, but you can use any type of container you want. If you have a problem with freezer burn, then I recommend double wrapping them.
How Long Will Frozen Chives Last?
As long as you are using a freezer safe container, chives can last in your ice box indefinitely. But, for the freshest flavor, it’s best to use them up within one year.
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FAQs About Freezing Chives
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I get about freezing chives. If yours isn’t listed here, please ask it below in the comments.
Can you freeze chive flowers?
If you want to try freezing chive flowers, then I recommend using the ice cube tray method for best results (in either water or oil). Otherwise, the flowers may turn brown in the freezer.
Can you freeze garlic chives?
Yes! You can freeze garlic chives the same way you would the regular ones. In fact, you can use these methods for any type that you have on hand.
Freezing chives won’t take long, and you will have the benefit of their delicious flavor all year round. Just pull them out of the freezer, and use them in all of your favorite recipes.
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Share your tips for how to freeze fresh chives in the comments section below.