Fresh ginger can be found at most large grocery stores (pro tip: you can find cheaper, sometimes better quality fresh ginger at most Asian or Indian markets). But how the heck do you use it? Fear not! Once you learn a few tricks, you will be putting fresh ginger in everything- it’s so easy and delicious.
What Is Ginger?
Ginger is the rhizome (underground stem) part of a flowering plant that originated in China. The biologically active (or bioactive) component of ginger is called gingerol- this is where ginger gets many of it’s medicinal qualities and health benefits, including its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
What Are The Benefits?
Ginger has been used for many centuries to treat a long list of ailments including nausea, indigestion, muscle pain, and infections. The soothing effects of ginger can be helpful for calming digestive upset that can occur as a side effect from some medications, such as the diabetes drug metformin. Recently, many of the benefits of ginger have been backed by science. A small study in 2015 founds that daily ginger supplementation had a positive effect on people’s fasting blood glucose (BG) and A1c levels.
Why Fresh Ginger?
Fresh ginger has a different flavor profile than powdered ginger, just like fresh garlic versus powdered garlic. Both are delicious and can be used in cooking, but fresh ginger imparts a crisp and herbaceousness that you just can’t get from powdered.
Buying Fresh Ginger
Make sure when you buy fresh ginger at the store that it is very firm and the skin is not wrinkly. Spongy or wrinkly ginger has dried out- probably because it is older. This is where it comes in handy to have an Asian market nearby.
Getting Down To Business- Using Fresh Ginger
Alright, the ginger is in your fridge, waiting to be made into something delicious. What do you do? Get it out, find a recipe (like this one here), and show that ginger who’s boss! First, you’re going to need to peel it. How? Watch this one-minute video for the easiest ways to get the job done fast:
Next you will need to process the ginger. Some recipes will call for minced ginger, which is where we like to bring in the microplane. What the heck is that, you ask? Watch this quick one-minute video to discover your new favorite kitchen tool:
Now you are ready to use ginger in your recipes! Tag @brook.ai on Instagram or post on our Facebook page to show us your masterpiece.