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My Home Gardening-Cooking and Preparing Meals With Chives From The Garden

Updated on June 3, 2014
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Cynthia Haltom, Ph.D. is an accomplished educator and author of over 100 books. Many of her books are about cooking.

Cooking and Preparing Meals With Home Grown Chives

Cooking and preparing meals with chives from home gardening can add a light onion flavor to your cooking. I have love chives ever since childhood. My mother had several bunches of them growing in our yard. It seemed to be a major goal for our cat to make and escape outside and pounce on them and begin chewing. She for some reason I have never figured out loved them too. My reason are different, I enjoyed the flavor when my mom used to put them on a bowl of cottage cheese. She used them in many of the things she cooked.

The memory of chives growing in our home garden reminds me of good old-fashioned home cooking. They are and easy plant to grow and come back every year. I simply snip off the tops of the plant chop it up and you can add flavor and interest to any dish. Chives on a baked potato are delicious, I simply use butter or sour cream and sprinkle some snipped up chives. This is the way my mom used to make our potatoes when she served dinner. My dad had a huge garden and he would grow all of our vegetable for the year. My mom would can or freeze them so we had home grown vegetable all year long.

Chives are easy to grow in your home garden. All you need is planter with good drainage, some quality soil, and seeds. Follow the directions on the back of the packet. Your seeds will grow into tall chives. Keep them near a window make sure they are watered regularly and in a few weeks you will have your own private garden. Simply snip the tops of the plants for cooking and they will continue to grow. Mine have been growing for over 3 years now and we put them in all of our recipes. My husband uses them to make delicious dips and mixes the with cream cheese for bagels.

There Are Many Ways To Try Chives

Chives can be purchased at the market or grown at home. Fresh and dried can be easily found most anywhere.

Durkee Freezer Dried Chives, 1-Ounce Packages (Pack of 3)
Durkee Freezer Dried Chives, 1-Ounce Packages (Pack of 3)

Freeze dried chive store in the cupboard have them on hand all year long.

Made from only the finest ingredients

Ground in a frozen state to preserve the shape of the flakes

Larger, foodservice size saves you money

Growing & Using Chives: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-225
Growing & Using Chives: Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin A-225

The Storey country wisdom bulletin will teach you the many uses of chive with tips on growing them. Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily.

Ajika Chives - Dried Herbs for Cooking, 0.5-Ounce
Ajika Chives - Dried Herbs for Cooking, 0.5-Ounce

Dried chives for all your cooking needs.

Add pure, delicious flavor and zest to your cooking naturally

Ajika products are artisan foods made in Minneapolis to enhance your home pantry

Authentic global taste that celebrates and enhances fresh ingredients

Package of 400 Seeds, Common Chives Herb (Allium schoenoprasum) Non-GMO Seeds By Seed Needs
Package of 400 Seeds, Common Chives Herb (Allium schoenoprasum) Non-GMO Seeds By Seed Needs

Grow your own chive indoors or out anytime of the year.

Quality Chives Herb seeds packaged by "Seed Needs"

Perennial plants that return each year as long as the roots are in tact

Chives will grow to a mature height of about 12 inches tall

This plant prefers an area of full sunlight to partial shade

Easy planting instructions printed on each Seed Needs packet along with a colorful picture of the plant.


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