How to store Ginger

ginger

Several years ago, when I first really got into cooking, one of the small nit-picky things that annoyed me the most was the fact that EVERYTIME I bought fresh ginger, I would use a tiny bit for the recipe that called for it, and the rest of the root would proceed to get squishy and rotten either on my counter or in the fridge. I was always very irritated when this happened. It’s not like I was dumping tons of money into ginger – it was more the fact that I was annoyed to always be wasting something so flavorful and delicious. I don’t know why it took my so long to break down and do some research on this, but it did. What I discovered was an excellent article by the writers over at Fine Cooking magazine – these people were clearly smarter than I was. I tried several of their tips and suggestions, and ultimately came to the same conclusion: if you want to store some ginger for the long term (longer than 8 weeks), the winner is vodka. I like to always have ginger on hand, so this is what works for me. Also, you can’t deny how awesome it is to have really flavorful vodka on hand – as long as you keep your ginger submerged with new vodka you can use the tasty infused stuff if you’re in the mood for a nice mixed beverage 😉

Enjoy the tutorial!

Step 1: Peel your new ginger and put it in a jar or other appropriately-sized container

Peeling

Step 2: Grab some vodka (I keep a nice big bottle of the cheap stuff hanging around)

Booze

Step 3: Pour the vodka over the peeled ginger until it is submerged. Check out how beautiful this submerged ginger is!

ginger

Step 4 (this is the most important): Make something delicious with said ginger!


The End.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Excellent advice! You wouldn’t happen to have a good recipe for ginger vodka?

    1. emwalsh says:

      Thanks! A friend of mine likes to use this recipe, and I’ve had it several times and I love it 🙂

      Ginger Cosmopolitan (Serves about 5):

      – 1 cup ginger vodka
      – 2/3 cup triple sec
      – 1/2 cup cranberry juice
      – 1/4 cup lime juice
      – candied ginger (to garnish)

      Pour liquids over ice in a large cocktail shaker. Serve on the rocks or strain into martini glasses. Garnish with candied ginger on a skewer.

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