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Pickled Garlic Scapes are so easy! They can be canned in waterbath or just cold pack can them! So no messing with the canning pot and the heat in the kitchen! They are great on sandwiches, burgers and salads or use them on your next charcuterie board!

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Pickled Garlic Scapes

What the heck are garlic scapes?

Garlic scapes are the flower bud and the stem of the future flower (peduncle, in botanical terms), in hardneck garlic varieties. The garlic scapes must be removed from the garlic plant. If the scapes are left on, the bulb of garlic will be very small. It is best to remove the scapes, as soon as they appear.

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Garlic scapes have a strange, curly shape. They are perfectly edible, and quite delicious! They taste like a very mild garlic bulb, reminiscent of roasted garlic, but don’t have that slight smoky flavor. Eat them fresh, or lightly cooked, frozen, or, as in this recipe, canned.

If you don’t grow your own garlic you can find them at farmers markets, farm stands or specialty Asian grocers in late spring and early summer.

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How to serve pickled garlic scapes

Pickled Garlic Scapes taste like a garlicky pickled green bean. They are a great side or condiment for lots of different dishes! Any place you use cucumber pickles is great for Pickled Garlic Scapes, as well.

  • sandwiches
  • burgers
  • salads, like potato or macaroni
  • green salads
  • appetizers
  • casseroles
  • charcuterie boards
  • cheese trays
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Health benefits of pickled garlic

Pickled foods are one of the lastest “fads” in the healthy foods arena! They are great for “gut health”. The process of pickling creates probiotic bacteria, which promote gastrointestinal health. To learn more, see this article from Bustle.

The downside to commercial pickles is that they are loaded with salt, as well. When you pickle vegetables yourself, you can control the amount of sodium in your pickle! Garlic, in itself promotes good health, as well. Especially raw, uncooked garlic, which these scapes are.

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Ingredients to use

  • garlic scapes – wash and remove any dirt or debris. Cut off the tough ends of the scapes.
  • vinegar – apple cider vinegar is what we use but you can really use any vinegar.
  • sugar
  • turmeric
  • celery seed
  • kosher salt
  • cayenne pepper or substitute red pepper flakes.

Optional ingredients for dill style pickles

  • dill seed or fresh dill leaves
  • mustard seed
  • black peppercorns
  • coriander seed
  • bay leaves

How to make them

These are easy refrigerator pickles. There is no need to process them in a water bath canner. If you would like to can them for longer storage that is shelf stable, see recipe directions below.

  1. Measure vinegar.
  2. Add spices, salt and, sugar, if desired. Heat to boiling in a large pot.
  3. Sterilize jars. Meanwhile, rinse garlic scapes. Fit whole garlic scapes in jars by twirling them around the inside edge of the jar. Fill middle with cut pieces of garlic scapes.
  4. Add dried chili pepper, if desired.
  5. Garlic scapes can be cut into pieces.
  6. Add them to jar. Fit as many as you can in the jar, leaving ½ inch headspace. Add hot brine preserving the headspace. Remove air bubbles. Apply two piece lids. Store in the fridge for at least 3 months or use hot water bath canning to make them shelf stable.
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Pour hot pickling liquid into jars. Wipe rims. Attach lids and bands.

Water Bath Canning vs. Cold Pack for Pickled Garlic Scapes

Pickled garlic scapes can be cold packed. Just let them cool on counter. Refrigerate when cool. They will not last as long as pickles that are water bath canned.

To water bath can them, add jars to canning pot. Process for 10 minutes. Cool thoroughly. Test jars for seal. Store in a cool, dark place. Will last at least 1 year. Refrigerate after opening. Consult this Pickled Peppers Recipe for full canning instructions.

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Pickled Garlic Scapes

Pickled Garlic Scapes are so easy! They can be canned in waterbath or just cold pack can them! So no messing with the canning pot and the heat in the kitchen! They are great on sandwiches, burgers and salads or use them on your next charcuterie board!

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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 half pint jars
Calories: 527kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $10



  • Sterilize jars and lids.
  • Cut garlic scapes into desired sizes and shapes. load into jars, leaving enough room on top for headspace.
  • Add vinegar and spices to a small saucepan and bring to boil.
  • Pour hot pickling liquid (brine) into jars leaving ½ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles with plastic or wooden tool. Wipe rims of the jars with damp paper towel to remove debris.
    Apply 2 piece lids.

For Cold Pack Canning

  • Let jars cool on counter. Refrigerate. Wait at least 1 week before opening to allow pickling process.

For Boiling Water Bath Canning

  • Place jars in water bath canning pot. Process 10 minutes. Jars will be shelf stable for about 1 year, if stored in a cool, dark place.
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**NOTE** Calories for this recipe are not accurate because all of the pickling is not consumed, and the calorie count is for an entire half pint.
Choose whether to cold pack can, or water bath can.
Cold pack canned vegetables will last 4-6 months in refrigerator.
Water bath canned vegetables are shelf stable for at least 1 year.


Calories: 527kcal | Carbohydrates: 119g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1205mg | Potassium: 101mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin C: 63.9mg | Calcium: 392mg | Iron: 4.2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Scapes aren’t easy to find here in London but this certainly sounds like the kind of pickle we need in our kitchen!

    1. They can be difficult to find here too. I keep trying to educate our local farmers so that I don’t have to grow so many! Thanks Nicole!

  2. 5 stars
    I am not sure how I feel about “garlicky pickled green bean”, but somehow I think they will be great on burgers like you said.

    1. I like the sound of garlicky pickled green beans, although I am a garlic freak! Thanks Jennette!

  3. 5 stars
    I often feel very conflicted when food fads and trends coincide with the way I have been cooking for years 😉 I love pickles and use them all of the time, these look delightful!

  4. I saw bunches of garlic scape at a supermarket when I was visiting my son in Montreal and had no idea how to use them. Pickling does sound like a good idea as one can use them in anything as you’ve mentioned. Will remember to pickle them when I see them again.

    1. They are very good in lots of different recipes, so do grab some next time. There is such a short window on them!

  5. I’ve never tried Scapes but they sound so good for so many uses. I guess its time to try something new

  6. 5 stars
    I love the idea of this recipe! I’ve never tried Scapes but they sound so good and perfect as a side dish or garnish.

  7. 5 stars
    I didn’t know pickled garlic scapes were so easy to pickle! Can’t wait to pick some up and try this.

  8. 5 stars
    This is such a brilliant idea Beth, I never use the scapes but I will definitely start using them now. I love pickling anything. This is a superb recipe idea for a pickle. I cannot wait to make this.

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