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Learn how to plant, grow, and care for ginger.
May 19, 2023
- Ginger is a common cooking spice, used in teas, ginger ale, ginger cider, gingerbread, and ginger snaps. It’s also a medicinal ingredient found in capsules, soils, extracts, and tinctures.
- Fresh ginger may be grated, sliced, or minced, as well as crystalized, candied, and pickled. Powdered dried ginger is the form most often used in baking.
- Recipes calling for a “knob” of ginger typically mean a two-inch piece, whereas a “thumb” of ginger generally means a 1-inch piece.
- When peeling ginger, use a spoon—not a knife—to scrape off the outer skin.
- Add ginger in the beginning of the cooking process for a more subtle flavor or near the end for a fuller more pungent flavor.
- Pickle fresh ginger by simply slicing peeled fresh ginger into thin slices (using a vegetable peeler) and place in equal parts vinegar and sugar (or, to taste). Store in the fridge up to 2 months.