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Freeze Dried Chives

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Chives are native to Europe and are still grown there today. Methods of freeze-drying have been perfected in the commercial production arena. The resulting product is almost equal to fresh chives and they can be substituted in equal amounts when called for in a recipe.

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Chives are the smallest member of the onion family and have a delicate flavor. They can be used as a substitute in any recipe that calls for chopped green onions and will produce a somewhat milder flavor. Try mixing them into soft cream cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese or butter to create a great bread spread. Of course they're always good on potatoes.

Chives Q & A

What is the difference between chives and green onions?

Although they may look similar and have been used interchangeably, chives and green onions are two completely different species. Green onions have hollow green stalks that are long and slender with enlarged white onion bulbs. Chives have tubular leaves that look like long blades of glass. Flavor-wise, green onions have a mild, oniony flavor that is perfect for cooking. Meanwhile, chives have a delicate oniony with a hint of garlic.

Are chives and garlic chives the same thing?

No, they are not. The chives that is most commonly sold in supermarkets are better known as onion chives. They can be easily differentiated based on their appearance. Chives have long, hollow stalks similar to green onions and scallions but are smaller in size. On the other hand, garlic chives look more like long blades of grass. 

What are chives for?

Chives are mainly used as a garnish to add a nice pop of color, or to boost the flavors of your favorite dishes. It has a nice, delicate onion flavor with just a hint of garlic that makes it perfect as a topping for soups, salads, egg dishes, fish, and stews as well as to add flavor to cottage cheese, sandwiches, and many more.

Do chives taste like green onions?

Since green onions and chives belong to the same family, they also have a similar oniony taste. But this flavor is more intense in green onions and is more delicate in chives and not too overpowering.

What do chives taste like?

Chives has a similar taste to its close relatives scallions, shallots, and leeks. Its flavor is relatively mild with a hint of garlic.

Can I substitute dried chives for green onions?

Yes, you may substitute dried chives for recipes that call for green onions. However, you do have to note that because its flavor is more delicate, you will need a higher volume of chives to achieve the same flavor.

Are dried chives as good as fresh?

Some herbs taste better dried while others are better off. Chives belong to the latter group. They have delicate flavors that are best added at the end of cooking to finish off a dish. Dried chives can still be just as good as fresh chives but should be added earlier in the cooking process to soften them and bring out the flavor.

How many chives equal a green onion?

For reference, one green onion when chopped yields about two tablespoons. For chives, to achieve the same amount, you will need about 5 or 6 plants. But do take note that green onions have a more intense flavor than chives. This means you will need more than two tablespoons of chives to achieve the same flavor intensity. 

What do chives smell like?

Chives have the same aroma as its close relatives but is notably less intense.

How much dried chives equals fresh?

One tablespoon of fresh chives is equivalent to one teaspoon of freeze-dried chives. This is because the chives lose water during the drying process, which results in the loss in volume.

More Uses:

Mashed Potatoes: Mix 1 to 2 Tbsp. into your favorite creamy mashed potatoes.

Scrambled Eggs: Fold 1 tsp. into 2 beaten eggs and cook.

Dips or Dressings: Stir into homemade salad dressings or dips to add gorgeous flecks of green.

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