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  • Writer's pictureColleen Brennan

Pickled Garlic Scapes

Updated: Jul 16, 2021

This is a tasty way to preserve fresh garlic scapes and they really add a unique zing and twist to a Bloody Mary bar!

TIME: 15 minutes prep, 45 minutes total YIELD: 2–3 jars depending on the size of the jars you use RECOMMENDED VARIETY: Fresh garlic scapes


  • 1lb fresh garlic scapes, trimmed with bulb ends removed

  • 2 or 3 teaspoons dill seed, one teaspoon per jar

  • 1 to 1½ teaspoons whole peppercorns, ½ teaspoon per jar

  • 1 to 1½ teaspoons whole coriander seed, ½ teaspoon per jar

  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1½ cups apple cider vinegar

  • 1½ cups water

  • 2 tablespoons pickling salt or kosher salt


  • 3 pint sized, or 2 extra tall pint and a half canning jars

  • large stock pot for water bath canning

  • canning tongs and rack


  1. In a large stock pot, start a water bath, bring to a boil.

  2. Trim each end of the scapes, removing the blossoms and reserving them for another canning session, and trimming the tough bottom end off.

  3. Start with a single scape, and trim it to the size of your jar, fitting it in with just over ½" of headspace. Use this scape as your measuring stick, and trim the rest of the scapes to the same length.

  4. Pack the trimmed scapes into pint or tall pint and a half mason jars.

  5. Add 1 teaspoon dill seed, ½ teaspoon peppercorns, and ½ teaspoon coriander seed to each jar. For spicier scapes, add ¼ to ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes.

  6. Mix the water, cider vinegar and salt together in a pot and bring to a boil.

  7. Stir to incorporate the salt.

  8. Pour the hot vinegar brine over the garlic scapes filling to within ½" of the top rim.

  9. Seal each jar with a 2 part canning lid and process in the water bath for 10 minutes for pints and 15 for pint and a half or quart jars.

  10. Wait at least 2 weeks for the pickle flavors to infuse into the scapes before eating. They're best after at least 6 weeks, so try to be patient.

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