How to Preserve Ginger
Cooking with ginger is relatively simple. One root is enough to cook many dishes, so it is essential to preserve it properly.
If you plan to store it in the fridge, you can keep it for 3 or 4 weeks, while frozen, it can last up to 1 year. To preserve it, it is recommended to wrap it in aluminum foil without tightening it too much, or in plastic wrap (transparent) always without peeling it. If you are going to freeze it, it is also advisable to cut it into pieces of a maximum width of one finger, so you can use one each time you need it.
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Another way to preserve the ginger is by peeling it and rolling it into fine pieces, which you can cut with the potato peeler, and place it in a glass jar covered with olive oil or sherry.
How to Cook with Fresh Ginger
When cooking with ginger, it is essential to be clear that a little is enough to give flavor to your dishes. A couple of slices are enough to savor the olive oil you plan to fry your vegetables. Just add the thin pieces of ginger and let it fry for 5 minutes over low heat, then remove and throw in the vegetables. You will be surprised by the incredible flavor it leaves.
Another alternative is to grate a little fresh ginger to incorporate it into your salads. Its flavor is intense and somewhat spicy, so if you enjoy this root, this is the simplest way to use it. You can also prepare a delicious appetizer such as olives stuffed with ginger.
You can also add a couple of slices of ginger to prepare whole fish, such as trout or salmon. This will give it a fragrant and intense touch reminiscent of oriental cuisine. And if you want a slight flavor but not a real presence, you can rub the raw fish or chicken with a little ginger root and then cook it according to your preference, so good!
Remember that ginger has many health benefits such as improving digestion, reducing bloating, and stomach heaviness. It also helps in fighting colds and coughs, thanks to its antibacterial and decongestant properties. Here is how to prepare the ginger infusion.
How to Cook with Ground Ginger
The ground ginger is very popular and can be found in Oriental and African spice stores. It is widely used and versatile as any other spice to integrate it into a multitude of dishes.
An excellent way to cook with ground ginger is to incorporate it as a dressing in dishes with an intense flavor, such as chicken curry. It serves as a dressing for meat, fish, and vegetables, being used in the same way as we use any other spice to flavor food. Note that this spice is intense and thus should be used moderately.
Ginger is also used in baking. The gingerbread cookies are a Christmas treat in most homes. If you enjoy its flavor, do not hesitate to include it in the dough of your cakes and desserts, offering an exotic and delicious taste.
How to Cook with Ginger Essence or Jam
The ginger preserve, though not so common, is also used to fill or decorate desserts. It can also be incorporated into sauces, mostly Oriental dishes. Although it is delicious, it usually has a relatively high sweet touch, so it should be used with care.
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The ginger essence also works the same, being a queen in the confectionery. But as with other essences, too much of it, we will add a flavor that is too sweet and intense, so it is advisable to use only a touch that does not exceed a teaspoon.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff