Storing Fresh Garlic Scapes:
If your scapes only need to last you a few days, place them in a vase of water in a cool room and leave them out as a decoration just like flowers. Be sure to change the water every day.
If you need more storage time, store the scapes loosely in a plastic bag in the fridge. Kept this way, they will last at least 2-3 weeks.
Freezing Garlic Scapes:
If you think storing or preparing your garlic scapes is easy, it gets better. To freeze, simply chop off the stringy, bulb-like tip and the base of the stalk if it seems tough. Then, chop them up and freeze them in airtight containers or bags–no blanching required!
Pickling Garlic Scapes:
Like all other pickling recipes, all you really need to pickle your garlic scapes is a 1:1 brine of vinegar and water. Add herbs and spices or even other vegetables to your taste. Pour the hot liquid into your jars of scapes and pop them into the fridge for quick refrigerator pickles or water bath can them for a longer shelf life.
Quick Prep Tips
Further Prep Tips
Garlic Scape Preparation:
Prepping garlic scapes is incredibly easy and the possibilities are endless. Trim and discard the stringy bulb-like tip so that only the stalk remains. If the bottom of the stalk seems too tough or woody, this part should be trimmed, as well.
The entire stalk can then be roasted or grilled. Alternatively, scapes can be sliced into tiny coins or chopped it into smaller string bean-like stalks. Younger, more tender garlic scapes are better suited to be eaten raw, tossed into salads or used as a topping much like scallions. More mature scapes are wonderful sautéed in stir fry dishes or incorporated into pastas or eggs. Garlic scapes can also be blended and mixed to make compound butters, salad dressings or dips; processed into pestos, or pickled.