Today I finished up drying and getting the chives into jars. Everything in the house smells oniony and delicious. I have read that some people do not like to dry their chives because they feel it loses a lot of the flavor but I have to say that has not been my experience. I think it retains the flavor just fine. Anyway – here’s what I did….
Picked a nice bunch of the chives. Yes… they’ve already bloomed so I also saved the seeds for my Etsy shop. The plants will just keep on going and send up new growth. Gave them a nice, stern buzzcut so to speak.
.Then I rinsed them and laid them out in the dehydrator. These don’t take very long in my machine…. maybe 6 hours in total. You know they’re done when they’re crispy-sounding, like straw.
Here they are all ground up and in a glass jar. They will keep in my cupboard for a very, very long time. Some pieces are like fine powder and some are a little bigger. A little variety is a good thing. 🙂
A little extra chives here that I mixed with natural sea-salt. I supposed I should have just put the salt and the chive bits into the jar and shook it up but I put it all into the coffee grinder and it turned everything (even the salt) into a very fine powder. Lesson learned…. didn’t exactly want powdered salt but it’ll still work.