Chopping and Storing Chives with the Magnifeko Herb Scissors #review #spon

April onion chives after transplanting
April 2015 Onion Chives
If you like onions, garlic, or both - then I recommend you add some chives to your garden. Pictured above are the onion chives in my garden. This picture was taken in late April and we are in zone 4. They are the first thing to come alive each spring, they last through the worst winters, they have beautiful purple flowers, they continue to grow after cutting them, and they survive transplanting well.

I had just transplanted these chives (again!) in March so that I could have a permanent onion/garlic area within my garden beds. They are perennial and will come back year after year. You can divide them and transplant them into multiple locations to increase the amount of chives you can harvest. They are very tolerant - and best of all - they freeze super well.

So if you have not already starting your chives, it's time to get to it. They will continue to grow and replace the cuttings so you can store up a bunch for winter. I generally try to store at least one large gallon sized bag for the winter. We run out well before winter is over, but while we have them it's nice to add a fresh taste of summer to our winter dishes.

For years, I have been cutting my chives (and other herbs) with scissors. Scissors create less bruising - especially for soft herbs like basil or sage.

Scissors have their pros and cons.  One of the cons is the amount of time it takes to snip itty bitty herbs. Then I came across the Magnifeko herb scissors.


cutting herbs with 5 blade scissors

You can bet I was excited to bring these into the kitchen. As soon as they arrived, I wanted to cut up some herbs. But it was raining all day so I had to wait... As soon as the rain stopped, I ran outside and grabbed some chives (the only herbs ready in early May!)
freshly cut chives and asparagus


Of course, I grabbed some asparagus too. But back to the chives...

If you have ever cut up herbs to put into a zip top bag, then let me share this tip - put the bag into a bowl first. It will hold the bag open for you.

Then start cutting:
Cutting fresh chives for storage
The scissors worked great! They cut the chives into evenly diced little bits. The chives did tend to stick between the blades but were forced out with each new cut. At the end, I just tapped the scissors on the bowl and 90% of the chives came out. The rest were rinsed out in the sink.

These scissors do a great job of slicing up herbs. I can't wait to try them on fresh basil (but I have to wait for more basil to grow!!)

If I could change one thing, I would have loved to receive a small cleaning brush or cleaning tool to make it easier to clean between the blades. If you clean up right away, everything rinses out perfectly with running water. If you get side tracked and let them sit for a while, I imagine clean up will be a lot more difficult.

Here is the finished product:
bowl of freshly cut chives


And all bagged up:
freezing chives in plastic bags


Disclosure: I received a complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own and this article does NOT contain affiliate links. No compensation was received.

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Thank you for your comments! I appreciate all your tips, advice, and well wishes!

Angela

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