Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ready-to-Use Ginger Just a Freezer Away

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ready-to-Use Ginger Just a Freezer Away

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Thanks to reader Pam Goffinet of Rising Sun, Md., our elusive ginger problem may be solved.

Several weeks ago, we wrote about how bottled minced ginger is a mainstay of our Desperation Pantry. This miracle ingredient means you can get the exotic flavor of fresh ginger without the hassle of peeling and grating a tough piece of root for just a teaspoon.

Bottled minced ginger is usually found in the supermarket produce section, but unfortunately not all stores stock it. Our readers have asked us what would make a good substitute for our fresh ginger-root substitute.

In our last column, we confessed that we were stumped. And that's when Pam came to our rescue. She suggested peeling and grating a big batch of ginger all at once and freezing it in zip-top bags. Once frozen, the finely grated ginger is hard enough to be broken into usable quantities and defrosted quickly.

Since grating fresh ginger on a hand-held grater can be hazardous to fingertips, we found it's worth the trouble to pull out the food processor to grate a big batch.

Here's how: Peel the fresh ginger and cut it into roughly 1/4-inch slices. Drop the pieces two or three at a time through the feed tube of the food processor onto the moving steel blade. (This trick keeps the ginger pieces from sticking to the blade, requiring you to stop and pry them loose.) Process until the ginger is finely minced, and continue in this manner until you've processed the desired amount.

Put the ginger into the zip-top bag and press to spread until the ginger is in a thin layer, about 1/8 inch thick. Freeze until ready to use, up to three months.

While Pam's method is not as easy as scooping ginger out of a jar, it's a welcome ginger substitute. We're glad for an alternate route to that exotic goodness we crave from fresh ginger when we're in a desperate state of mind. …

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