To get started, all you need are some garlic scapes, an electric multi-tray dehydrator, and a food processor or sharp knife. Approx. 1# of scapes makes ~2 ounces of dried garlic scapes.
- Wash your scapes and shake off the water. Trim the tops off of the scapes (save to pickle them separately or use to make garlic soup stock). Cut the remaining stems into ~1-inch pieces (like green
beans). Chop in your food processor until ‘chunky’, not pureed.
- Place the chunky garlic scapes onto the trays of your electric dehydrator and turn it on (I used the fruit and vegetable temperature setting). Dehydration may take as little as 4-6 hours, however, I have dried these overnight. The garlic scapes are done when they are dry and brittle like the dried chives and still bright green.
- You can hand crumble the garlic scape pieces in a bowl or give them a whir in your food processor until they are a consistency you would like to use (from still chunky to powder, or in-between, your choice). I don’t have a mortar and pestle, but that would also be a tool to use to process further if desired.
- Tip: If you opt for the fine texture, you can mix it with salt and/or other spices to make your own custom garlic scape spice blend. I keep mine simple to have as many future options as possible.
- Store your beautiful dried garlic scapes in a glass bottle…enjoy!
- Use wherever you would like garlic flavor and color this coming winter like in your mashed potatoes or on oven-roasted potatoes as just two possible examples.
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