How to Preserve Garlic Scapes for Year Long Use

by Samantha Lowe

Through freezing, the subtle crunch and flavor of garlic scapes are maintained and portioned for easy addition to recipes.

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Items you will need

  • Fresh garlic scapes
  • Colander
  • Paper towels
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Small sealable freezer bags

With a hint of sweet garlic flavor, the elegant twists of garlic scapes can be used in a variety of recipes that require a subtle sweet seasoning that does not need to be cooked whole. The scape is the stalk from where the flower that grows from the garlic bulb emerges. However, the scapes do not come from the bulb all year long, and must be harvested while fresh and preserved to allow for them to be used in any season. Through freezing, the subtle crunch and flavoring of the scapes can be maintained and saved for a later date.

Step 1

Place the garlic scapes in the colander. Rinse them under running water, gently rubbing them with your fingers to remove any dirt or debris.

Step 2

Remove each scape individually from the colander and wrap a paper towel around it, moving it up and down the stalk, to dry it. Repeat with all the scapes.

Step 3

Set the scapes down on the cutting board. Trim off the bottom.

Step 4

Cut them in to the size desired. You can leave them whole, cut them in half, or cut the scapes in to 1-inch long pieces, among other options.

Step 5

Divide the scapes in to small piles according to what you would add to an individual recipe.

Step 6

Insert one portioned pile in to a plastic bag, coiling the scapes if freezing them whole in order to make them fit.

Step 7

Press out as much air as possible from the bag and insert it in to the freezer. Use within a year by adding a frozen portioned scape bag to a recipe.


  • Scapes can also be chopped finely and portioned using ice cube trays.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Based in Kingston, Canada, Samantha Lowe has been writing for publication since 2006. She has written articles for the "Mars' Hill" newspaper and copy for various design projects. Her design and copy for the "Mars' Hill" won the Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award in 2008. Lowe holds an Honors BA from Trinity Western University, and a MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University where she is currently doing her PhD.