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So you’ve bought yourself some scapes.

Now what?? How the heck do I use these things?

There are fewer finer teaser flavours than those of garlic scapes. The official flower of the hard neck garlic variety usually heads skyward around June, weeks ahead of when the garlic bulbs will be pulled to begin the curing process. If left to it’s own devices, the flower will bloom and send seeds to the ground, propagating another year of garlic. Garlic is no quick endeavour when grown this way, however. The bulbils produced by the flower will grow a large, singular ‘clove’ in the first year, and will need another year of growth in order to become a full bulb. If you’re so inclined, have a read here to learn more about the process! I’ve never tried growing this way myself, but it would be a fun experiment!

OK that’s enough theory - back to the good stuff; the eats! The entire scape is edible, and offers a mild garlic flavour excellent in soups, salad, sautéed as a side dish, in pesto, stuffed into whole chicken, or incorporated into compound butter, which is what I’ve tried this year.

The recipe is simple; 1 lb of softened butter, one cup of chopped garlic scapes and two tablespoons of olive oil.

You essentially whip the butter with a mixer until fluffy, run the scapes through a food processor along with the olive oil, and then mix the two together! Once you’ve blended the mixture together (do a better job than I did here!), roll it into a log shape using a sheet of wax paper, and refrigerate for two hours. Once its been chilled, you can slice it up into practical portions and freeze it!

I’m looking forward to giving this a try on the next BBQ steak or garlic toast we have for dinner! How do you do your scapes??

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