10+ Ways To Use Garlic Scapes
Preserving Garlic Scapes to Enjoy All Year
The rest of the garlic scape harvest is preserved to benefit from later. The first method I use to preserve the mild flavor of garlic scapes is to make and freeze as pesto. Once thawed, the pesto can be used as a dip, pizza topping, or as a pasta sauce.
Garlic Scape Pesto
1 cup garlic scapes (about 8 or 9), top flower part removed, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
Place scapes and walnuts in the bowl of a food processor and process until well combined and somewhat smooth. Slowly drizzle in oil and process until mixed. With a rubber spatula, scoop pesto out of bowl and into a mixing bowl. Mix in parmesan cheese by hand. Makes about 6 ounces of pesto. Pesto will keep for up to one week in an airtight container in the refrigerator or place in zipper bags and freeze.
Chop and Freeze
Another method I use to savor the mild garlic scape flavor, is to chop them into 1-inch pieces and freeze in zipper freezer bags. This makes it easy to grab a handful of garlic scapes and add them to soups, stews, stir fry, or anywhere else that you would use garlic. The garlic scapes hold up really well to freezing and remain firm.