Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fresh Ginger

I love using fresh ginger in my cooking.  For some reason I hadn't started using it until the last six months or so.  I guess I thought it was really expensive or something.  This ginger root was $3.49/lb at my local Smith's grocery store.  I bet you can get it cheaper elsewhere, but you don't need much and it lasts a long time.
 
Here's what I do with fresh ginger...
Peel off a section of it (I use my potato peeler).  I guess you could peel the whole thing, but only peel a little bit. 
Then using a zester or a small grater (like mine) grate off as much as you need for your recipe. 
 Scrape this deliciousness off of the grater/zester and use in your recipe. 
Then I pop the remaining ginger root into a small ziploc freezer bag and store it in my freezer until I need it again.  The last ginger root that I bought lasted for several months.   
 
Some of my favorite recipes that I use fresh ginger in are...
 
 
 
 I mix up this marinade (with the fresh ginger in it) and stick it in a ziploc freezer bag with some sliced raw chicken.  Then I freeze it.  Then I have a quick meal ready to hit the grill, no marinading time needed.   Here are a few more of my chicken freezing ideas.
 
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