Can You Freeze Chives?

Whether it’s used to garnish a salad or stirred through a soup to give it a subtle onion flavour, chives are an incredibly versatile herb that’s also super easy to grow.

But what happens if you’ve suddenly got an abundance of chives growing in the garden? Can you freeze chives and how long will they last?

Chives can be frozen for up to 6 months. To freeze chives you have two options. You can either freeze them whole or, as the preferred method, you can freeze chives in an ice cube tray.

Can You Refreeze Chives? No

Do Chives Freeze Well? Yes

How to Freeze Chives

When it comes to freezing chives, you have two choices. You can choose to either freeze them whole, which requires the least effort but is not the best approach.

Or, you can choose to freeze them in an ice cube tray, an approach we would strongly recommend.

How to Freeze Chives Whole

This is the least labour-intensive approach to freezing your chives. If you’re pushed for time, then this is the approach to take.

  1. Clean and Trim
    First, you need to make sure your chives are completely clean, especially if you’re picking them from the garden. Make sure any dirt and bugs are removed. You can give them a quick rinse under cold water but make sure they are completely dry. Trim the ends as they tend to be a bit shrivelled.
  2. Bag Up
    Now place the chives into a resealable freezer bag. As you seal it up, squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible.
  3. Freeze
    Place the bag in the freezer and retrieve your chives as and when you need them.

How to Freeze Chives in Ice Cubes

This is a better approach to take when it comes to freezing chives. It will allow you to easily grab the amount you need and will also freeze chives most effectively without degrading the flavour:

  1. Clean and Slice
    As before, give your chives a good clean. You don’t want to freeze them with dirt after all. Once cleaned, slice them up as you normally would. You can even use scissors to easily snip the chives into little rings.
  2. Fill Ice Cube Tray
    Take an ice cube tray and fill each slot with chives, around two-thirds of the way up. Cover the chives with water or olive oil. You need to make sure the chives are full submerged in the liquid.
  3. Wrap
    Wrap the tray in a layer of cling film, then place it into the freezer.
  4. Freeze
    Once frozen solid, you can pop the cubes out and store them in a bag back in the freezer. This will free up your ice cube tray to freeze other things such as pesto.

You can even try making herb mixes with this method. Why not try adding in some parsley or rosemary? You can then stir it straight into stews and soups to give it a real kick of herby flavour.

3 Tips for Freezing Chives

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

Freeze in Ice Cubes
Freezing chives in ice cubes is one of the most efficient ways to freeze them, and it’s also super easy. Push chopped chives into the slots of an ice cube tray, top them up with water or oil and then freeze. 

Mix with Other Herbs
Nothing is stopping you from mixing chives with other herbs or spices. You could try mixing chives with wild garlic, parsley, lemon zest or chilli.

Use from Frozen
If you’ve frozen cubes of chives, you can pop them straight into your cooking to add a subtle onion flavour. There’s no need to defrost them! 

How Long Can You Freeze Chives?

Chives will stay frozen in both forms for a good 6 months. The flavour will remain for this period. However, be warned, the texture will degrade continuously over time. Make sure you label your chives with what they are and when they need to be used.

You Can Freeze Chives for up to 6 Months

How Do You Defrost Chives?

The good news is that you don’t really need to. As they’re both fairly soft and small, they’ll thaw almost instantly when put into contact with heat.

If you’re using an ice cube of chives, then you can stir the ice cube into your dish, and it’ll melt away in a matter of minutes.

Can You Refreeze Chives?

There are very few foods we would recommend refreezing, and chives are no different. We would strongly advise against refreezing chives as you will dramatically degrade both the flavour and the texture.

The only exception is if you have frozen chives and then used them in a cooked dish. You can proceed to freeze this cooked dish with no issues.

Do Chives Freeze Well?

Sort of… If you’re planning on garnishing your potato salad with them, then think again. Unfortunately, chives will lose a lot of their texture when thawed out, making them pretty unappealing when used to garnish dishes.

Having said that, freezing does help chives retain their delicate onion flavour, which means they still work well when stirred into stews or soups.

That’s why it is key that you think about how you will use your chives before you consider freezing them.

Related FAQs

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

Can You Freeze Chive Flowers?

Chives flowers are packed full of onion flavour whilst being aesthetically pleasing, but can you freeze them.

You can freeze chive flowers, but they are very delicate. We would advise placing the chive flowers in a freezer bag before removing as much air as possible and freezing.

Be warned, however, that the texture is likely to change in the freezer, and they may become a little squishy and/or mushy.

Can You Freeze Chive Flowers

Can You Freeze Chives from the Garden?

Yes, you can freeze chives you have grown yourself. The only thing to bear in mind is that they are more likely to contain dirt and bugs, so you’ll want to ensure you give them a thorough clean before freezing them.

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