Minced ginger is quite a popular spice and cooking ingredient. It is mostly used in Indian and Asian cuisine. And for many years (probably thousands), ginger remains a remedy in traditional medicine. Even in the modern healthcare system, many experts recommend ginger because of its potential health benefits. Lots of recipes include ginger in their ingredients list. It is a very delicious spice and very healthful too. There are many ways to use ginger. You could eat fresh ginger; use it in powdered form; mince it; use it in the form of a juice; or as oil, and so on. This article focuses on minced ginger, its usage, and its storage.
Recipes that add ginger to their recipe include gingerbread, ginger ale, ginger snaps, cookies, and many other savory recipes. You can also use ginger, in all of its forms, as an ingredient in making tea. You could add it to your curries, as well as your savory dishes too. However, for ease of use, it is necessary to find a way to store and preserve your ginger. Essentially, when ginger becomes stale, it loses its potency and rich flavor. So indeed, you must know the vastness of possible recipes you can make with minced ginger. But you must also know how to preserve and store it so that you don’t have to go through the stress of mincing each time you have to use it in your recipe.
Easy Recipes with Minced Ginger
Ginger can add special flavors to many dishes and recipes. These range from soups to cookies. A few examples are as follows:
1. Hot Cranberry-Ginger Recipe
You would allow freshly minced ginger to simmer with a glass of cranberry juice. Cook the mix for 20 minutes so that the ginger flavor can infuse the juice. This builds a base that underlies this incredible sweet-spicy brew.
Hot cranberry-ginger would make a perfect drink for the cold nights of winter. Some people choose to stir in some sugar and lime juice to add some tart-sweet notes to the punch. This helps to brighten its flavor.
After making the mix, you should sieve out the solids using a fine strainer. Pour the drink into a heatproof pitcher, and serve it hot when you want to drink.
2. Recipe for Ginger Crinkles
These are spicy cookies with ginger flavor. You would mince your ginger and add it in to make these delicious cookies. It would be so delicious that it won’t remain on your plate for too long. You may use powdered ginger in place of the minced variety.
After mixing all the ingredients, you would cover it up and allow it to freeze for 20 minutes. You will then transfer it into your preheated oven. Bake the balls for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Let it cool for 3 minutes before you remove the balls from the pan.
3. Recipe For Ginger-Garlic Shrimp
This is arguably one of the easiest and fastest dishes on earth. It makes use of only 7 ingredients, which you will only stir-fry until sizzle. The ingredients include minced garlic and ginger, as well as chopped onions (green).
These flavors punch up that of shrimp. The dish can be served over boiled rice, soba, or rice noodles. It takes only about 15 minutes to prepare.
There are many more amazing recipes you can make with minced ginger. But then would you have to mince ginger each time you want to cook? That could take up more time and even stress you out. To make your cooking easier, you should know how to store ginger.
Ways to Preserve and Store Minced Ginger
The burden of knowing how to preserve and store ginger stems from the fact that dry ginger does not taste like fresh ginger. It is a great mistake to use dry ginger instead of fresh ginger in your recipe. The magnitude of the mistake you would have made is like using sugar instead of salt. The difference is that much.
Dry ginger lacks the bright, exotic, floral, and spicy taste of fresh ginger. So then, if you want a perfect recipe, you must be able to store ginger in a way that it remains fresh. Thankfully, several storage methods can help keep gingers fresh.
But then there is another set of challenges. Firstly, fresh ginger can only stay fresh for some weeks if stored in a fridge. After this, it starts drying out and loses its flavor. By the time you see your ginger wrinkly and wizened, you know it’s already far gone.
But then, that’s not all. Even in the weeks that it stays fresh, you would have to mince the little portion you need each time you need minced ginger for your recipe.
To solve the first problem, you can store your whole ginger in your freezer instead. This would stay fresh for much longer. The good thing is you do not have to wait for ginger to defrost before you can cut, peel, chop, or mince it.
But then, you can also decide to mince the ginger before storing it in the freezer. This would keep your ginger fresh and reduce stress when you need it for your recipe. However, this needs some careful handling.
After you have minced your ginger, scoop or spread it on a flat tray. Make sure the tray is lined firmly with parchment. Use portions the size of a tbsp. or tsp.
After scooping the ginger on the tray, place it in your freezer. When the ginger is fully frozen, remove it and transfer it to a good airtight container. You could also use a jar that has a firm and tight lid.
Place the container or jar back into the freezer. This storage method can preserve the freshness of your ginger for 6 months.
Ginger Health Benefits
Adding ginger, as well as other veggies and fruits to your diet can reduce the risks of various lifestyle-related health problems. Ginger has lots of special health benefits because of the many metabolites and compounds it contains.
Adding minced ginger to your food can contribute positively to your digestive and cardiovascular health among many others. But you must ensure to store it appropriately.