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Garlic scapes!

Garlic Scapes

Someone from the big farm market called today to tell us that they had five pounds of garlic scapes in, and to ask how many we'd like.

"All of them!" I answered.

She then asked, "But what do you do with them? They look like weeds."


What can't you do with garlic scapes?! You can use them in place of garlic, toss them in salads, add them to egg dishes, grill them (my favorite), roast them for soup, make compound butter with them, turn them into dip or a sauce, place them under a protein when baking/roasting, pickle them, use them in risotto, add them to cheese dishes, add them to rice dishes, turn them into pesto, stir fry them, braise them, use them as a pizza topping, add them to savory bread pudding/cheese muffins/yeast-raised bread, plus loads of other things that I'm probably forgetting.

They taste like a mild, mellow garlic, a mild, mellow green garlic. I know, saying that something tastes "green" isn't the best description, but it is my favorite because garlic scapes have a mildly sharpish, garlicky springlike quality to them when they're young. I love them. You may not have noticed. :P

In any case, Shog and I now have four pounds in the freezer (you do not have to blanch them before freezing when they're young), and we'll be using them for weeks to come. *dances*

P.S. *points to icon* It's relevant because it's my only veg-related icon.

P.P.S. I did forget one use of scapes! You can skewer fish, meat and poultry with the older, woodier bases for grilling/roasting, and they infuse the protein with a lovely flavor. :D


Jun. 14th, 2016 01:13 am (UTC)
That's very flattering but I bet there are a lot of dishes that never crossed my radar that you make regularly which would blow me away.
Jun. 14th, 2016 01:15 am (UTC)
That's nice of you to say, especially considering that you've seen pics of my "experimental" cookery. :P *hugs*

Edited at 2016-06-14 01:16 am (UTC)
Jun. 14th, 2016 01:25 am (UTC)
Experimental cookery IS experimental. And who has time and materials to redo the recipes and plate with garnishes, sauces etc.

PS: I took almost 500 food pics in May ... I posted a fraction of them. And most of those were taken at the dim sum and sushi restaurants I went to. :)
Jun. 14th, 2016 01:28 am (UTC)
Mom always said that we had to eat our mistakes, and I do. Mostly, they're not too bad as to interfere with flavor. Mostly. :P

Wow! You were busy. I fell into the site you recced recently; there was so much to see there. You should start your own food blog.
Jun. 14th, 2016 01:54 am (UTC)
I usually eat my mistakes too. Very rarely I toss bread. Never meat though. You can usually scrape off sauces and re-purpose.

My mom did NOT like fish so she only cooked smelt, pickerel and salted cod for my dad. They bought pickled herring for my dad though neither my mom nor I ever touched it. We NEVER had shrimp, mussels or any other seafood like that until I lived on my own and did my own grocery shopping.

Do you mean Fridgg? I DO have a food blog but it's just a copy/paste from here since Jan 2015. Look for my username. :)

Edited at 2016-06-14 01:56 am (UTC)
Jun. 14th, 2016 09:57 am (UTC)
I didn't know it at the time, but during my early childhood, we wouldn't have eaten if not for Mom's garden, Dad's hunting, and meals with extended family. I never felt deprived until we moved off the mountain and into the land of government cheese, which was when I first experienced eggs in cartons. God, I thought they were funny, and I could never for the life of me figure out how the chickens laid them so perfectly in the cartons! :P Even then, there were no mistakes; just meals.

Yes, Fridgg! That's a great site. Food porn, indeed. :D
Jun. 14th, 2016 04:32 pm (UTC)
I can't say I remember many details of my first 10 yrs of life though I know we lived on either my mom's or dad's family farms Mostly my mom's as she was an only child and it was expected she and my dad would inherit the place after the grands passed away. We grew all our fruits and veggies and raised animals for slaughter.

In the only pic we have of those years, I was a plump faced solemn little girl and I don't think I ever went hungry though I didn't have a lot of toys or dolls to play with from what my mom has said. I never asked though.
Jun. 14th, 2016 07:05 pm (UTC)
I think I would have loved growing up on a farm (until I was old enough to resent the chores). :)
Jun. 14th, 2016 07:09 pm (UTC)
Which is why I'm glad we left when I was 7. :)
Jun. 14th, 2016 07:23 pm (UTC)