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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."

*snorts*

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

Comments

iulia_linnea
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
a_boleyn
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.
iulia_linnea
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). :)
a_boleyn
Jun. 14th, 2016 07:09 pm (UTC)
Which is why I'm glad we left when I was 7. :)
iulia_linnea
Jun. 14th, 2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
Hee!