Ginger is a fiery fresh spice that will boost the flavor of many dishes. The flavor blends so well with vegetables, fruits, and whole grains that you can use if to flavor anything from appetizers to desserts! Don’t let the knobby and woodlike appearance of gingerroot discourage you from using it. Here are a few tips and tricks that will make using ginger a snap!
SELECTING AND STORING
Buy ginger that’s firm and heavy for its size. Ginger keeps for several days at room temperature and several weeks refrigerated. To keep ginger at its prime, wrap loosely in a paper towel and place it in a paper bag in the refrigerator.
Choose ginger without too many knobs and bumps, which are harder to peel and cut.
You actually don’t need to peel ginger, but if your recipe calls for it, use a sharp vegetable peeler, paring knife, or a spoon (scrape the edge of the spoon against the ginger). If you have only used part of your gingerroot, wrap it tightly in plastic-wrap and freeze it (see below).
FREEZING GINGER – GREAT TIP!
If you freeze ginger, you will always have a supply on hand. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. The ginger won’t be crisp, but will be fine for most recipes, easier to use, and will retain its flavor.
A microplane zester works best for this (if you don’t have one, use a box grater). If your ginger is frozen (see above), you can do this at lightning speed.
Ginger sliced into matchsticks works well in many salads and stir fries. Thinly slice the ginger crosswise with a sharp knife, and then cut these slices lengthwise into matchstick slivers.
If you need a lot of ginger, you can process large quantities in a food processor fitted with a chopping blade.
These tips were adapted from Food for Thought: Healing Foods to Savor.
Recipes Featuring Ginger
- Cranberry Salsa Dip with Goat Cheese
- Curried Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger
- Sesame Noodles with Seasonal Vegetables
- APPLES: Selecting, Storing, and Preparing
- AVOCADOS: The science behind the best (and healthiest) guacamole (Washington Post, ACS Reactions)
- GRAINS: How to cook (UC Berkeley Wellness);
Handy Chart! (Popsugar)
- HERBS: Keep herbs fresh and prepare them like a pro
- LEMONS & LIMES: How to zest
- MANGOES: How to cut a mango (National Mango Board)
- SQUASH: How to cut and cook
- VEGETABLES: 60+ Healthy Way to Cook Vegetables. Discover healthy ways to cook your favorite vegetables from acorn squash to zucchini (A to Z) using this helful infographic.(UC Berkeley Wellness)
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