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Garlic Chives? What do you do with them?

Jeanine Gurley

Joined: May 23, 2011
Posts: 1393
Location: Midlands, South Carolina Zone 7b/8a
I'm sure there are tons of people who have TONS of garlic chives just as I do.  I would like to hear how you all use them.

I have tried drying them and I didn't think the flavor was that great - I might not have done it right either.

I do use the little 'knobs' that form after the flowers before they harden into seeds.  Those are great sauteed.

I have also minced them into soups.  But for the most part mine are wasted.  Seems a shame for so much 'free food' to go to waste.  What do you all do with yours?

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Rob Sigg

Joined: Feb 04, 2010
Posts: 710
Location: PA-Zone 6
Great topic. Soups are great, and really anything fresh is where they shine I think. Freezing, drying doesnt do much for me. I use them for interplanting to protect certain plants. You could try selling them around your area, if people like that sort of thing in your area. Have you ever tried the bulbs underground? Im sure they would taste like garlic/onion.

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Tyler Ludens

Joined: Jun 25, 2010
Posts: 5737
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
I just recently obtained some garlic chive plants.  I used to grow them years ago and cooked them in stir-fry.  They are used a lot in oriental cooking.  Google "garlic chive recipes" and you will find lots of suggestions. 

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Robert Ray

Joined: Jul 06, 2009
Posts: 1339
Location: Cascades of Oregon
Chive pesto: 2 cloves garlic
                      3 tbsp basil
                      1 cup chives ( I also use spring garlic stems)
                      1 med onion
                      1/3 cup pine nuts (I'm near filbert country so I have used them as
                                                   well as almonds and pumpkin seeds for a substitute)
                      Olive oil usually a little over 2 tbsp.

I occasionally use the pesto when kneading up a loaf of bread

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Leila Rich

Joined: May 24, 2010
Posts: 3999
Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
I do very little with mine, apart from admiring their good looks and adding them to Asian food.
For me, they're so beneficial to other plants that food value is way down my list.

Joined: Dec 01, 2009
Posts: 59
Asian cultures make a lot more use of them than we do.  There is a large gourmet and specialty produce market near me that carries a tremendous selection of Asian items.  They have several kinds of garlic chives, some with wider blades and others with thinner blades.  They also carry a kind that has been blanched (could be done at home under a black plastic pot most likely) that is pale yellow.  The length of the bunches is usually impressive, generally around a foot long.  The bunches are quite large, much larger than a traditional "bunch" of herbs one would find at a grocery store -- generally about 3 to 4 inches in diameter at the point they are bunched.  These are used not just in small amounts as an herb/seasoning, but are actually used in bulk, generally stir-fried, as a vegetable.

John Polk

Joined: Feb 20, 2011
Posts: 6884
Location: Currently in Seattle. Probably moving 1 hour north by end of the year.
How about putting a bunch in a bottle and filling with vinegar; use on salads all year long.
Jordan Lowery

Joined: Sep 26, 2009
Posts: 1528
Location: zone 7
i think they make a great addition to your stock pot for soups. specially asian soups. if you use all veggies you can feed the scraps to your worms.

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Joined: Sep 06, 2009
Posts: 16
Location: Two Rivers, WI
my favorite is scrambled with the morning's eggs.  Also great in soups and stirfries.
Marissa Little

Joined: Jun 27, 2011
Posts: 63
I don't really like the flavor of green onions (plus now that I grow them I can't stand the thought of pulling an onion before it bulbs!).  So we use the garlic chives for any and all recipes that call for them unless it's the dead of winter and we have the walking onions growing as those are good too!

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Steven Baxter

Joined: Mar 22, 2011
Posts: 254
A few people mentioned asian cuisine. Chinese especially uses them, like in dim sum, with shrimp. There is even a chinese green onion "cake" that would probably taste good with chives subbed for green onion.

I don't know what a home cook would use this idea for, but in a restaurant i worked, we would blanch chives or garlic chives, more like a quick flash in hot water, and use as "string" to tie up things, like a bundle of asparagus or a mini bouquet of fresh herbs.

Joined: Jul 19, 2011
Posts: 2
Location: united kingdom
use like in the irish meal.heat in milk add salt,pepper,nob off butter then add to mashed potato .its called champ
Jeanine Gurley

Joined: May 23, 2011
Posts: 1393
Location: Midlands, South Carolina Zone 7b/8a
Thanks for all of the ideas.  I didn't even know anyone was posting as I have not been getting regular notifications.
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