Sunday, July 10, 2011

Pickled Scapes. Vegan and Gluten-free. Paleo.

I recently bought scapes (garlic tips) for the first time and after cooking them in various dishes, I realized I may run out of ways to prepare them before they went bad. So, I started thinking about how I could preserve them and came up with the idea of pickling them.

I used this recipe as a guideline, but I kind of went off-the-cuff after a while so I could use the ingredients I had on hand.

This was a very odiferous liquid! Boiling vinegar is never fun, especially in a small house with little ventilation.

They look so cute in their cold-water bath!

I stuffed as many as I could comfortably fit into each jar.

The funnel was a life-saver for this project. It really helped reduce the potential spill factor.

The jars had to sit out for a while before I could place them into the fridge. I decided not to put the jars into a boiling water bath so that the scapes would hopefully stay crisp. I learned this tip from a coworker, and I'm counting on it to work. I made pickles last year that turned soggy, which was not delightful.

After a few more weeks, I'm going to dig in and give these a try. I can't wait! 

What is your favorite thing to pickle?

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