If you have ever felt existential dread when thinking about preparing minced fresh ginger, this is for you.
Let’s be honest here for a second—when you buy a large knob of fresh ginger, do you actually use all of it? Do you make sure that every last volumetric inch is used to its full potential, bringing a powerful kick of zingy flavor and a burst of antioxidants to whatever it is added to? Or do you use just enough so that you’ve prepped however much you need for the specific recipe that you bought it for in the first place, and then let the remainder slowly get pushed to the back of your fridge, where it will soon be forgotten forever? Kudos to you if you’re the former, but if you possess qualities similar to the majority of humans on this planet, then there’s a good chance that you’re the latter. We understand, and we’d like to offer a solution.
The problem with ginger is that it always feel like a laborious “extra step.” You’ve got to get out the cutting board, the vegetable peeler, and a knife, and then you need to use these tools to meticulously carve, shave, and mince up the fresh root. A first world problem indeed, but it definitely ranks as one of the worst kitchen tasks, and for good reason. Opting for ground ginger or just skipping the ginger entirely always has a way of sounding like a much better option.
If you want to become a home cook that actually uses all of their fresh ginger (much respect), start by peeling off the skin, and from there, either grate or mince the ginger. The trick is to transfer this prepared ginger to the freezer, where it will last up to 6 months. For easy-to-handle, teaspoon-sized portions, scoop the ginger onto a parchment paper-lined tray. From the freezer, you can toss these little mounds of gingery goodness into smoothies, stir fries, soups, casseroles, and grains. No cutting board and no knife wielding—just you and your ready-to-use root.
Rather than building up an immense amount of dread surrounding any cooking endeavor that requires fresh ginger, stick to this method of prepping a lot of ginger ahead of time. While this investment of time will probably not rank among your most fond culinary memories, it’s definitely worth the less-than-exhilarating labor. Stop making excuses, and say that you will just do it.* Take advantage of your next productive mood or invigorating meal prep session, and make it a point to prep some ginger. Your future meals will thank you.
*The post is not sponsored or affiliated with Nike in any way.