Buy fresh leaves that are not wilting or discoloured at the ends. Garlic chives will sometimes have a small tight bud on the end of them. Chives are available in a freeze-dried form, but are extremely sensitive to light.
Chives should never be stored wet as they will become slimy. Wash what you are going to need at the time. Store in a plastic storage bag in the fridge for up to 2 days. Freeze-dried chives must be kept in a dark place to prevent fading.
Tips & Tricks:
Because it doesn't keep for long, try growing chives in the garden. During winter remove some and plant it inside to enjoy chives all year round. Freeze-dried chives are an excellent alternative to fresh as they reconstitute immediately.
Add to omelettes or scrambled eggs. Delicious in stir-fries and with savoury pancakes.