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Fermented Garlic Scapes Recipe

Learn how to ferment garlic scapes and preserve them for the season!
Course: Ferment
Author: nourishingtime.com


  • 2 lbs garlic scapes
  • 3 cups water
  • 15 grams salt


  • Cut the garlic scape in approximately 1 inch pieces.
  • Cut the garlic scape bulbs separately from the rest of the garlic scape. Put into separate containers.
  • Fill your fermenting jar with the straight garlic scape pieces first, then add the bulbs.
  • Mix your brine. You will be using a 2% brine which is 5g of salt for every 1 cup of water. A 1/5L jar will use approximately 3 cups water and 15g salt. If you find you need more brine, make some more using the same ratio.
  • Place a weight on top of your garlic scapes to keep them submerged under the brine.
  • Close your fermenting jar and allow to ferment for 2 weeks.
  • Move to the fridge!


The straight, thicker part of the garlic scapes is best used in cooking. You can chop finely or blend to add to other dishes. My son really loved them with his eggs in the mornings.
The bulbs are delicious as is, and can also be crushed with butter or ghee to spread on sourdough, potatoes, squash, etc.