This year I decided to harvest the garlic scapes from the hard garlic growing in the garden. Some folks do this and others don’t – last year I didn’t and all the garlic harvested seemed quite large to me. This year by cutting the scapes (the curly stalks that hard garlic grow) I am giving the bulb in the ground an even better chance of growing larger – the growing energy is directed towards the bulb and not the stalk or scape. So now I have all these Garlic Scapes
and browsing through the blogs participating in the GROW project I spotted this perfectly timed post by Colleen at In the Garden online and spent the day yesterday making Garlic Scape Pesto and canning up 6 pints of pickled scapes. The pickled scapes will make a great addition to my Father’s Day gift since my Dad loves garlic and the garlic bulbs are not ready yet to harvest.
I cut the scapes to fit the pint size jars (I made 6 pints) and added the hot brine along with some red pepper flakes and dried oregano. To make the liquid brine you heat up 3 cups of vinegar, 5 cups of water and 1/4 cup of kosher salt. Then you use the hot water canning method and cook 45 minutes. They need to set for 2 weeks before eating to allow the flavors to blend.
I also made the Garlic Scape Pesto and it is totally addicting – I am thinking even better than a Basil Pesto ……. really good! I modified the recipe a bit. I cut up 1 cup of scapes and added them along with 1/3 cup of walnuts to the blender. Blended a while and added 1/2 cup olive oil and lastly about 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese.
I recently returned once again from the trip down south and my mailbox was full of wonderful treasures …. 2 new magazines I have subscribed to; Runner’s World and PaperCrafts. I have decided I now have to purchase the Provocraft Gypsy to go along with my Cricut simply because of all this back and forth traveling. The Gypsy will allow me to travel and create without lugging the Cricut machine each trip….how exciting is that!
Renee’s Garden once again floored me with their promptness and generosity. I received the media kit with my Nasturtium seeds and decided to send for the 18 free packages of seeds they offered. I received them all within a few days and am overjoyed with all these wonderful new possibilities to add to the gardens down south.
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