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Dehydrate Chives: A Flavorful Guide to Preserving and Using Dried Chives

Updated: Jun 20, 2023

When it comes to adding a burst of freshness and flavor to your dishes, chives are an excellent choice. These vibrant green herbs are not only visually appealing but also possess a delicate onion-like taste that can elevate any culinary creation.

Chives, growing in the garden
Fresh chives in the garden

While fresh chives are a popular choice in the kitchen, have you ever considered dehydrating them? In this blog, I'll guide you through the simple steps of dehydrating chives and explain why it's a fantastic option to enhance your cooking experience.

Step 1: Harvest Fresh Chives

To start this dehydrating journey, you'll need a bunch of fresh chives. If you're lucky enough to have them growing in your garden, gently cut them about an inch above the soil level. Alternatively, you can find fresh chives in local grocery stores or farmers' markets.

Step 2: Wash and Dry

Once you've gathered your chives, give them a gentle rinse under cold water to remove any dirt or debris. Pat them dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels, ensuring they are completely dry before proceeding.

Step 3: Arrange Chives on the Dehydrator Trays

Take your washed and dried chives and cut them into small, uniform pieces, roughly ¼ to ½ inch in length. Spread the chive pieces evenly across the dehydrator trays, making sure to leave space between them for proper air circulation.

Step 4: Dehydrate at 95 Degrees

Place the loaded trays into the dehydrator and set the temperature to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius). Avoid preheating the dehydrator, as chives dehydrate best when placed directly into the machine.

Step 5: Check for Dryness

Allow the chives to dehydrate for approximately 3 to 4 hours. Check them periodically to assess their dryness. They should be brittle and crumble easily when touched. If any pieces still feel slightly moist, return them to the dehydrator for another 30 minutes to an hour.

Step 6: Cool and Store

Once your chives are fully dehydrated, remove the trays from the dehydrator and allow the chives to cool completely. Transfer them to airtight containers for storage, such as glass jars or resealable bags. Be sure to condition them for 4-7 days prior to long-term storage.

Now that you have successfully dehydrated your chives, let's explore the many ways you can use them. Dehydrated chives are versatile, offering a punch of flavor to a wide range of dishes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Seasoning: Crush the dried chives into a powder-like consistency and use them as a flavorful seasoning for soups, stews, salads, or roasted vegetables.

2. Garnish: Sprinkle the dried chives over omelets, scrambled eggs, baked potatoes, or creamy dips for an added burst of flavor and visual appeal.

3. Infused Oil: Combine the dried chives with olive oil to create a deliciously flavored oil that can be drizzled over pizzas, pasta, or grilled meats.

4. Homemade Seasoning Blends: Incorporate the dried chives into homemade seasoning blends or herb mixes to enhance the taste of your favorite recipes.

With dehydrated chives readily available in your pantry, you can enjoy their vibrant flavor all year round. Happy dehydrating and happy cooking!

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