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
Garlic scapes can be used in much the same way that you’d use green onions. 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.
- To freeze garlic scapes, chop them into one-inch pieces and freeze them in a freezer bag or reusable freezer container. When you’re ready to use them, just place them frozen in the pan and sautee. I wouldn’t recommend you eat them fresh after freezing them as they lose some of their crispness.
- 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. Be sure that the glass bottle is sterilized and that the scapes are washed and dried 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. I’m sharing my recipe below.
Garlic Scape Infused Olive Oil
- 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.
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!
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