How To Dehydrate Chives
Today I am posting “How to Dehydrate Chives”. It is easy to do but first, a few friendly facts about chives.
Chives are related to garlic, shallot, leek, scallion, and Chinese onions. Mostly, found in Europe, Asia, and North America. It is a perennial that thrives best planted in full sunlight, and in well-drained soil. The planting season for chives is spring and summer. Chives leaves can be re-grown if left planted in the soil. If you buy some from the market make sure the bottoms have small roots. Once you chop the leaves off you can plant the roots for continuous harvesting throughout the year. They are readily available at the market year-round.
When it flowers the blooms are a pale purple star shape with six petals. These flowers are edible. Some people make ornamental bouquets out of beautiful violet flowers.
Chives repel most insects by being a natural insect repellent. Bees are the exception. Bees love to pollinate chives. Chives produce a lot of nectar for the bees to pollinate.
Chives are found in a French herb mix called “Fine Herbs”.
I’ve loaded the chives onto a mesh screen tray. They are ready to start drying.
My dehydrator is a NESCO Snack Master Express Food Dehydrator.
Chop or mince dried chives. Once stored, they are ready to use in recipes.
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- Mesh Screen
- 1 Lbs Chives
- Remove any bad spots, leaves, and stems from the bunch.
- Thoroughly, wash the bundle of chives.
- Place mesh screens on the trays. The mesh screen keeps the small pieces from falling through.
- Load the chives on the trays.
- Dehydrate at 130 degrees for 5-6 hours
- When dried, allow chives to cool.
- Cut the chives into small pieces and fill your spice jar.
- If storing for the long-term, fill a mason jar and use the vacuum sealer to seal the jar lid.
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