Six Ways to Spice It Up With Ginger Root
Fresh ginger is a somewhat under-utilized spice. Yes, we buy it ground and add it to all kinds of baked goods, but when you pick up a knob of fresh ginger at your farmers' market you're getting a spice with the intense piquant flavor that it was meant to have.
It takes a bit more work to prepare and use fresh ginger, but the aroma and flavor is well worth the effort. Unfortunately, it does not last long when purchased fresh, so the best way to preserve it is to peel and store it in the freezer until ready to use. Peel with a vegetable peeler - ginger is knobby so you might have to take a knife to get into some of the nooks and crannies. Chop or mince, depending on what your recipe calls for. Bag it and freeze.
Peeled and chopped, it can be used in many different ways. Try:
- Make a ginger carrot or a winter squash soup.
- Add a spicy zing to your favorite vinaigrette dressing.
- Almost every kind of stir fry could use a touch of ginger!
- Make pumpkin pie or apple tart with fresh minced ginger.
- Ginger goes very well with tender fish, so add a sprinkle and bake.
- Try Beef Larb, a tasty meat salad with ginger and veggies.