Pickled Garlic Scapes | Blue Frost Acres
Garlic scapes are the curly stem of the garlic plant that form on the plant in late spring, early summer. They have a mild but very distinguished garlic flavor and are very versatile. Scapes are only available for a short time, so order them while you can! Pickled garlic scapes bring the fabulousness of a garlic scape to an even higher plane. They add a little tang of vinegar and a hint of spice to the party.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: Makes about 2 pints
- 1 pound fresh garlic scapes, ends trimmed
- 2 cups white wine vinegar
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds (not mustard seeds)
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds (not ground coriander)
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- Clean your jars well.
- Blanch the garlic scapes in boiling, salted water for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain the beans and cool them under cold running water.
- Combine all the ingredients except for the garlic scapes in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Fill jars with the garlic scapes then spoon or pour the liquid into your jars, leaving 1/2 inch at the top and making sure the garlic scapes are completely submerged. Some people prefer to strain out the spices, other people like to leave them in the jars.
- Be sure to remove all air from the jars. Tapping the side of the jars can help, as can using chopsticks or other long, thin objects to release and air bubbles.
- Wipe the tops of the jars and apply the lids and rings.
- Once the jars are cool place them in the refrigerator, they will last for up to 6 weeks.
- The pickled garlic scapes are ready for eating right away but the flavor will continue to develop the longer they are in the liquid.