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Did you know that you can preserve garlic scapes? The last time I visited the farmer’s market, they had big bunches of garlic scapes for one dollar. I cannot resist a price that low so I got a big bunch to bring home and preserve. I’ve been cooking with them all week, but I wanted to make some infused oil to cook with too. For those that aren’t familiar with garlic scapes, they are the flower bud of a garlic plant. Garlic scapes are often removed in late spring to encourage the garlic bulb to grow larger.
How to Preserve Garlic Scapes from the Garden
You can use garlic scapes in much the same way that you can use green onions. If you’re looking for a garlic scapes recipe, you can add them to stir-fry, potato salad, stews, etc. I often add them to our fried rice instead of onion. In the late spring/early summer, people that grow garlic often have a lot of extra garlic scapes to use. If you find that you have more than you can realistically cook with, it’s relatively easy to preserve garlic scapes to use later in the season. Here are a few ideas for storing garlic scapes.
Can I pickle or ferment these?
You can lacto-ferment garlic scapes to use in the future. Lacto-fermentation is a process of preserving food that uses probiotics. Lactic acid is a natural preservative that limits harmful bacteria growth. Try this garlic scapes recipe.
Garlic scape vinegar is a delicious dressing for garden fresh salads. I’ve made this with chives as well, and I love the way it tastes. Just take a small bottle of rice vinegar and add one or two garlic scapes. You should sterilize the glass bottle and wash and dry the garlic scapes first. Store in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 months. I’ve done this with chives and it’s delicious.
Garlic scape infused olive oil is one of my favorites to sautee in. So, I’m sharing my recipe below because I hope you’ll try it! If you want to try storing garlic scapes, it really is easy.
Garlic Scape Infused Olive Oil
This is one of the easiest ways to preserve garlic scapes. You can use the garlic scape infused olive oil to saute meats and vegetables, to fry eggs, to drizzle on a fresh salad, etc. If you’re looking for a recipe to make for dinner, try this Garlic Scallops Recipe!
How to cut garlic scapes
If you’re wondering how to cut garlic scapes, it’s very simple. just wait until the center stalk of the scape grows above the plant and starts to curl. Then, cut the stalk as far down as possible without cutting any of the leaves because the plant will need the leaves to overwinter.
How to store garlic scapes
If you’re wondering how to store garlic scapes, it couldn’t be easier. Simply fill a glass jar about halfway full of tap water and insert the garlic scapes into it with the cut end down. Make sure that the thick end of the garlic scape is in the water and the thin end is toward the top. Then place the garlic scapes in the jar in a cool spot in your home. So, storing garlic scapes this way is the easiest method.
Be sure that you do not leave the glass in the sun because that will make the garlic scapes go bad quicker. Change the water every day to keep them fresh. This should help the cut garlic scapes to laster longer for you before you cook with them. This method will give you an added two or three days to use up your garlic scapes. This is one of the easiest ways to preserve garlic scapes.
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How to freeze garlic scapes
So, if you have too many garlic scapes to use up in a few days, you can freeze garlic scapes them for long term storage. Simply rinse them under cool water and pat them dry using a kitchen towel or paper towel. Then, chop them using a sharp knife to fit into whatever plastic container you want to use. Then, lay them flat in the plastic container and put them in the freezer. You can cut them as thinly or thickly as you want.
They should stay good for up to 6 months provided they don’t get freezer burn. When you’re ready to use them, just place them frozen in the pan and saute. So, I wouldn’t recommend you eat them fresh after freezing them as they lose some of their crispness. Learn more about cooking garlic scapes. Why not learn how to make an easy summer quiche recipe with scapes or learn how to make an easy garden herb veggie quiche.
- Farm fresh garlic scapes
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Sea salt
- Wash the garlic scapes and cut off the blossom. Slice the garlic scapes into about 1/4 inch pieces.
- Bruise them slightly using a wooden spoon to help release the flavor.
- Add a small handful of garlic scapes to a glass Mason jar.
- Add 1/4 cup olive oil. Add a pinch of sea salt.
- Repeat until the jar is full. Put the lid on and tighten.
- Store in the refrigerator for seven days. Strain out the garlic scapes and use the remaining oil within 30 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 15Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
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