Garlic varieties will fall into two main types: hardneck and softneck. You can tell the difference easily by looking and feeling for a rigid, pencil-like stalk in the center of the garlic bulb. The hardneck varieties will have this stalk. Softneck varieties will have paper-like skins covering the cloves within the bulb. Grocery store garlic will be a softneck variety because it can be stored for up to 18 months. Hardneck varieties will generally only store well for up to 9 months.
I created this quick and easy garlic scape mock hummus recipe as a delicious snack for dipping with pita chips or bagel chips. Unlike a traditional hummus, this garlic scape hummus recipe uses sunflower seeds instead of garbanzo beans (chickpeas) as the base. You could substitute the sunflower seeds with garbanzo beans if you prefer.
When carrots are abundant, I like to shred them, measure out 2 cups and vacuum seal them using my FoodSaver vacuum sealer. Then I pop the shredded carrots into the freezer so I have them on hand for when the baking mood hits me. We really like this recipe for carrot muffins. They make a great, quick breakfast and after-dinner snack.
After many attempts, I’ve finally developed the best method for hard-cooking farm-fresh eggs. Ready? I steam them in my Instant Pot! Consider one if you don’t yet have an electronic pressure cooker appliance. It has replaced my slow cooker, rice steamer, and my old-fashioned stove-top pressure cooker, so I justified the expense on the space savings.