Thursday, March 22, 2007

Frozen Ginger

I love to use grated ginger in recipes, but I don't always use it often enough to go thru a whole piece before it starts to go bad. I know you can freeze the "fingers" and then scrape off the skin when you are ready to use it, but that never seems to work well for me. My ginger grater is a piece of garbage and chopping it by hand never goes well. So what I do is peel and shred a whole whack of it at a time, and freeze in small amounts.


I got both these bags of ginger for $1.00. Score!
Peel all the ginger, either with a vegetable peeler or with a knife, and grind it all up in your food processor. Then I scoop it out into 1 tablespoon portions:


and freeze until solid. When the little gingers are hard as a rock, move them to a freezer bag or other storage container and toss them in the freezer. Then whenever you need some ginger, just pull out a pellet! You also know exactly how much you have, and I find that 1 tb is the perfect amount for most recipes. And you don't need to defrost it before using! Sweet.

9 comments:

Lis said...

That is the BEST tip ever!!! If you only knew how much money I've wasted by throwing out moldy hunks of ginger because I just couldn't use it in time. Hooray! Thanks Sara!

xoxo

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Fantastic!! I mean really fantastic!!!

Sara said...

Thanks ladies!

Emmy said...

Woo Hoo! That is quite the deal on ginger. I'm envious :) I can't believe I've never frozen ginger before. This is an excellent tip. Thanks for sharing Sara!!!

foodiechickie said...

You are brilliant!

Un-Swiss Miss said...

I do the same thing, only I fill up my ice cube trays partway and once they're frozen, I pop them out into little ziplock baggies. The nice thing there is you have some variation in how much ginger is in each cube. Works well for chili peppers too!

Popcorn said...

VERY smart! I like to cook with ginger too and hate using minced ginger in a jar but also hate messing around constantly with those infernal knobs! LOL Great idea which I will definitely put to use. Thanks! :)

Kalyn said...

You are brilliant. I've frozen lots of herbs, lemon juice, and even kaffir lime leaves, but never thought of this one! Thanks.

Sara said...

Thanks to all of your kind comments! I think I'm blushing!