Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rediscovering Ginger

I am rediscovering ginger.

Not this Ginger....
....but this Ginger
I am sure you know all about ginger and the health benefits of ingesting it. It helps digestion, upset stomachs, and dizziness. It probably makes you smarter too.

I was using ginger a lot in my cooking a couple years ago because it is in so many Asian recipes and I LOVE Asian food. Ginger is also used a bunch in "whole food" cooking, which I was doing a couple of years ago. However, this year I kinda stopped buying it and wasn't using it in dishes. I think it may be because I have so many go-to recipes now that I just plain forgot to add ginger. It wasn't part of my main shopping list.

Alas, I used a recipe two weeks ago and lo and behold it called for ginger. I realized I had missed ginger....a lot. I also learned a new way of cooking it....when you are cooking/frying your onions at the beginning of a recipe, throw in the ginger. It will be crunchy and delicious by the time you are done!

Now I am using ginger in so much food (stir fry, veggie dishes, sushi). I am sure my digestive system loves it.

Here is a helpful hint if you want to use ginger. Buy a big tuber (that is what they are called) and cut it up into various sizes then stick it in a baggie and put it in the freezer. It will last FOREVER. When you want to use it, take out the size piece you want, peel it (one side may have a little freezer burn but just cut/peel that off), cut it up and perfect. You have ginger that is in great shape and didn't go bad after a week of buying it.


Gevan said...

That first ginger looks a lot like a hippie Ferndalian organic farmer...

TheAnut said...

The timing of your post is a coinky-dink for me. Last weekend I pulled out and used 4 year old Galangal ginger slices to remake my Tom Kah Ga Coconut soup recipe. It was very good and I'm still alive, so you can't beat that. I'd also frozen lemongrass and Kaffir Lime leaves and they were good as almost new, as well.

King 5 and/or the weather channel were featuring Ferndale temperatures and weather yesterday. I say BRRRRRRR ..... Hope you're all snug as bugs in that proverbial rug ! Have you pulled out a knitting project yet ?