Whether you use fresh ginger root from the produce section or already commercially prepared ginger root, there are many culinary uses for it in all parts of a meal. Because ginger wrapped in plastic stays fresh in your refrigerator for up to three weeks, you have plenty of time to try out new recipes.
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Keep ginger wrapped in freezer-grade plastic in your freezer for up to one month without any loss of quality. It also stays flavorful indefinitely in the freezer if you store it already grated, where a mushy and soft texture will still work for most uses.
- Use grated ginger in vinaigrettes, especially those with lemon juice or orange juice. Add it to salad dressings you make yourself and to store-bought dressings for spicy, peppery flavor.
- Add grated ginger to fruit salads of all kinds, either with tropical fruits, such as papaya, pineapple and guava, with citrus salads or with summertime salads of peaches and plums.
- Make an Asian-inspired chicken salad with slivers of pickled ginger, snow peas, shredded cabbage and carrots, peanuts and chopped cilantro.
- Add a teaspoon of grated ginger to boost the flavor of cauliflower, potato or sweet potato soups.
- Cut the ginger into thin matchsticks to roast along with carrots, parsnips and turnips.
- Follow the lead of Chef and Food Consultant Bradford Thompson, and add a teaspoon of grated ginger to a carrot or winter squash puree.
- Toss in a few slices of pickled ginger or a teaspoon of grated ginger to vegetable dishes such as green beans, snow peas, or eggplant.
Make an authentic Vietnamese pho soup by adding a 3-inch piece of ginger that you've charred over a hot burner on your stove, and let it simmer in a beef broth to infuse the broth with its flavor.
- Make a marinade with grated ginger, garlic, soy sauce and vegetable oil for meat, fish or poultry.
- Add grated ginger to sauces for fish, chicken, pork or beef, and season the sauce with herbs such as tarragon, lemongrass or turmeric.
- Use either grated ginger or pickled ginger in Chinese or Japanese stir-fries or in Indian or Thai curries.
- Stir grated ginger into cut fruit along with honey or sugar, and top the fruit with plain or vanilla yogurt.
- Use grated ginger and honey to flavor ice cream, sorbet or granita.
- Add grated ginger along with ground ginger to gingersnap cookies and gingerbread.
- Sprinkle candied ginger made from ginger root into cookie batter and on top of fresh fruit.