Chives: Tips and Tricks

While some may rule out chives as nothing more than a green garnish, we find this definition to be ill-informed at best. The gentle allium is one of the best sidekicks in the game, quietly offering up a delicate, rewarding flavor long after its peak summer season. Make the most out of the versatile veggie with these tips and tricks.

  • Storing and selecting chives is a walk in the park. For best results, look for bundles that are bright green, crisp, and don’t have any signs of aging. Once they’ve made it into your kitchen, they’ll last about a week in the fridge if kept in a plastic container. 
    • Pro Tip: If your chives wilt faster than expected, you can bring them back to their former glory by soaking them in an ice-water bath. Simply pat-dry afterwards and you’re good to go!
  • While chives work well with almost any ingredient, we particularly like pairing them with eggs, citrus, chicken, and other fresh herbs.
  • Although chives are usually served raw, cooking them is still a great option. For example, try throwing them into a stir-fry to help their sharp onion flavor better permeate other parts of your dish.
  • If you need to add texture to a dish, thinly chopped chives bring the crunch.
  • Chives are destined for much more than baked potatoes and soups. Try using them to dress up your typical crostini, toss them into an omelette, or even incorporate them into a house-made vinaigrette.
    • Pro Tip: Find out more unique ways to use chives here!