Can You Freeze Chive Flowers?

Almost everyone has heard of chives, the herb that adds a delicious, yet mild oniony flavour to your food but did you know that you can also eat the flowers of the chive plant?

These are beautiful purple blooms and they also add a similar onion taste but the taste is a little stronger and has a hint of garlic too. Not only are they flavourful but they are full of nutritional value too!

Now you have a reason to harvest these flowers whenever you get a batch you might wonder next how do you store them? Can you freeze chive flowers?

The Quick Answer

Yes, you can freeze chive flowers for around 2 months but you shouldn’t freeze the flowers themselves. Instead, you need to freeze them in water, oil or as butter to ensure you retain their delicate flavour.

How To Freeze Chive Flowers

Well, we wouldn’t recommend that you attempt to freeze chive flowers straight from the plant without any preparation work but you can store them by drying them or pickling them in vinegar.

One method you can use to store them which does make them possible to freeze is by making up a batch of chive flower butter. You can also substitute the butter with oil or even water for different methods of freezing. All of these methods are outlined below.

How to Freeze Chive Flower Butter

This is a great way to freeze chive flowers if you know you’ll want to cook a dish in butter and garlic. You just need to grab one of these butter cubes, throw it into the pan and then cook your dish as you normally would.

  1. Chop and Mix
    Chop up the chive flowers finely and mix them in with the butter.
  2. Portion into Ice Cubes
    Grab yourself a couple of ice cube trays and spoon a portion of the chive flower butter into each section.
  3. Flash Freeze
    Pop the tray into the freezer and freeze.
  4. Bag Up
    When the chive butter has frozen you can take them out of the tray and put them into a freezer bag.
  5. Refreeze
    Label the freezer bag with the date and contents and pop it back into the freezer.

How to Freeze Chive Flower Oil

For this, you need some olive oil and some ice cube trays. Their use is much like how you would use chive butter but is for those who would prefer olive oil over butter in their diet.

  1. Chop Up
    Firstly, you need to chop up the flowers finely.
  2. Portion into Ice Cubes
    Pop the chopped chive flowers into the sections of the ice cube trays. Pour some oil into each section. Leave a little space at the top for the oil to freeze.
  3. Flash Freeze
    Place the ice cube trays into the freezer carefully and freeze.
  4. Bag Up
    Once the oil has frozen then you can transfer the chive oil cubes into a large freezer bag.
  5. Refreeze
    Seal the bag, label it with the date and contents and then pop it back into the freezer.

How to Freeze Chive Flowers In Water

This is an alternative way to freeze chive flowers. You will want to pop these cubes into liquid dishes such as stews or soups:

  1. Chop and Portion
    As with the previous methods you need to chop up your chive flowers finely and pop them into the sections of an ice cube tray.
  2. Cover with Water
    Instead of butter or oil, this time you simply pour water over the chive flowers. You do still need to make sure you leave a gap at the top of each section to allow the liquid to expand as it freezes.
  3. Flash Freeze
    Place the ice cube trays gently into the freezer and allow to freeze until the water is solid.
  4. Bag Up
    Next, you can take the chive flower ice cubes out of the trays and put them into a freezer bag.
  5. Refreeze
    Label the freezer back so you know what is in the bag and add the date too. Then seal and put the chive flower ice cubes back into the freezer.

The good news is that all three of these methods can actually be used for chives themselves but also other soft herbs such as parsley, mint and coriander.

And yes, you could mix the herbs together to create instant flavour cubes that can be stirred into soups, stews, stocks and sauces.

3 Tips for Freezing Chive Flowers

Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing chive flowers to have the best results:

  • Freeze Into Butter – By freezing chive flowers into butter (or oil) you can use them directly in your cooking to impart a subtle onion flavour. It also ensures the chives flowers retain their flavour for the longest time possible. 
  • Don’t Defrost – If you’ve frozen cubes of chive flower then you don’t need to defrost them. Grab a cube from the freezer and pop it straight into your cooking. 
  • Label Clearly – If you have frozen lots of cubes of herbs and spices then make sure you write a clear label so you know which cube you’re grabbing.

How Long Can You Freeze Chive Flowers?

Whichever method you chose to freeze chive flowers you should only freeze them for up to two months. After this time the flowers may degrade in quality which will affect the taste of them.

You Can Freeze Chive Flowers for Around 2 Months

How Do You Defrost Chive Flowers?

If you have chosen any of the methods outlined in this article then you don’t need to defrost the chive flowers at all. The best way to use them is from frozen:

The oil or butter chive flower cubes can be popped into a pan as it is heating up to add a great base for cooking your meal.

The chive flowers frozen in water can be used from frozen by popping them into a sauce, stew or soup and allowing to thaw out into it as you are cooking it – easy and delicious.

Can You Refreeze Chive Flowers?

On the whole no, you shouldn’t refreeze chive flowers.

However, if you have used the chive flowers in your cooking then as long as the meal you have made can be frozen then you should have no problems freezing them with chive flowers in.

Do Chive Flowers Freeze Well?

As a raw ingredient, chive flowers don’t freeze well at all. The flowers are delicate and wouldn’t survive without a little processing.

However, if you chop them up and add them to a base such as butter, oil or water then they do freeze well and are perfect to pop into you cooking for extra flavour and nutrition.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing chive flowers or chives in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Chives?

Like most fresh herbs, chives can be frozen using a variety of techniques.

You can either place them straight into a bag or you can create herbs cubes in an ice cube tray by mixing some of your favourite herbs together, covering with oil and then freezing. We’ve actually written a dedicated page about freezing chives.

Can You Freeze Chives

Can You Freeze Garlic Chives?

Garlic chives can be frozen in much the same way as normal chives. There is a chance that the flavour will degrade quite quickly and you’ll lose that garlic aroma so try to use them fresh. If they are frozen, then try to use them up as quickly as possible.

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