How to Dry Chives in the Oven – Champagne Tastes®

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Do you want to preserve fresh chives and use them all year long? This tutorial will walk you through how to dry chives in the oven.

How to Dry Chives in the Oven - Champagne Tastes®

I’m on a mission this year.

A mission to save my herbs.

I want to preserve as many garden herbs as possible so that I can taste summer all year long.

If you’ve been following along with my Instagram stories, you’ve seen my herb garden growing all season long!

I started preserving herbs in early spring by making chive blossom vinegar and chive butter.

More recently, I’ve been making batch after batch of dairy-free basil pesto (to freeze for later) and herb salt.

This past week, I decided it was time to cut back my chives. They were starting to look a little sad, and I wanted to save as many chives as possible for later.

Instead of making more chive butter, I opted to make a big batch of dried chives in the oven.

How to Use Dried Chives

Dried chives are awesome, because the flavor holds up really well.

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I tend to treat dried chives like I’d treat onion powder. The flavor is there, but it needs to be cooked in fat or liquid to help bring more of the onion flavor back out.

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I’ve swapped dried chives for fresh ones in these sautéed oyster mushrooms, and they work well in any type of buttery sauce.

Dried chives also make a quick and easy garnish for any savory dish that needs a splash of color.

How to Dry Chives in the Oven

Rinse and dry your chives.

Next, finely dice them.

I usually just dice a bunch of them at once.

How to Dry Chives in the Oven - Champagne Tastes®
Finely Dice Chives

Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Lining the baking sheet will make it easier to lift the chives off the baking sheet later.

Add the chives in a single layer. Avoid overcrowding or overlapping the chives because they’ll take longer to dry.

How to Dry Chives in the Oven - Champagne Tastes®
Lay Chives on a Baking Sheet

Preheat your oven to the lowest temperature possible (either 150°F or 170°F, depending on your oven).

Slide the baking sheet into the oven, and prop the oven door open with a wooden spoon.

Start checking on the chives after about 25 minutes, and then continue checking on them every 10 minutes.

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The chives are done drying when they feel dry and crunchy to the touch.

How to Dry Chives in the Oven - Champagne Tastes®
Heat Chives Until Dried

If you aren’t sure if your chives are completely dried, leave them on the baking sheet at room temperature for an hour or so before transferring them to a container.

When the chives are dry, store them in an airtight container and store them with your dried spices and herbs.

How to Dry Chives in the Oven - Champagne Tastes®

How to Dry Chives

Do you want to preserve fresh chives and use them all year long? This tutorial will walk you through how to dry chives in the oven.

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time30 mins

Total Time35 mins

Course: Condiment

Cuisine: American

Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Servings: 16 people (1 TB servings)

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Calories: 1kcal

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to lowest heat setting (150°F or 170°F) depending on your oven.

    Rinse and dry chives. (Chives should not be wet when going in the oven.)

    Finely dice chives.

    How to Dry Chives in the Oven - Champagne Tastes®

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

    Lay chives on the baking sheet in a single layer. If chives are crowded, they will take longer to dry.

    How to Dry Chives in the Oven - Champagne Tastes®

  • Slide the chives into the oven. Prop the oven door partially open with a wooden spoon (or another heat-proof utensil).

    Begin checking chives after 25 minutes, and then again in 10-minute intervals until they are dry and crunchy to the touch.

    Store chives at room temperature in an airtight container or bag, and use within 2 years.

    How to Dry Chives in the Oven - Champagne Tastes®

Notes

Recipe amounts approximate.  Yield will vary based on how many chives are used and how finely they are diced.  Nutrition information estimates a total yield of 1 cup diced chives.

Color Fading: Dried chives will gradually lose their bright green color.  As long as they still have a woodsy onion scent, they’re still good to use!

Nutrition

Calories: 1kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g (2%) | Fat: 1g (2%) | Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 7mg | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 1g (1%) | Vitamin A: 109IU (2%) | Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg (6%)

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How to Dry Chives in the Oven - Champagne Tastes®

About Sarah Trenalone

Sarah is the primary creator at Champagne Tastes. She’s a photographer, food writer and traveler, and is certified in Backcountry Kitchen and Backcountry Navigation from the Colorado Outward Bound School and Identifying Wild Plants from Backpacker.

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