One of my favourite flavours especially when the weather starts getting cooler is ginger. From soups to sweets and everything in between, ginger can add a spicy zesty flavour to a variety of dishes. Here are a few things that are good to know about this tasty tuber.
Health benefits of ginger:
In traditional medicine, ginger is used to aid in digestion. Today ginger is still used to suppress nausea and soothe stomach aches. With more recent studies it has also been shown to aid with migraines and headaches.
Food storage tips:
I love ginger and always have it on hand to add to my cooking, yet so often it dries out before
I can finish using it and when grating it fresh can be a bit of a mess. This tip addresses both issues. I buy ginger in bulk when it’s on sale, and store it in a jar… in my freezer. An old roommate and friend taught me this trick and it has been a game changer. My ginger now lasts significantly longer, and adding ginger to my cooking is easier to use and clean up.
I love adding ginger to most of my cooking. Everything from sweet to savoury, and even into drinks. So here are a few of my favourite recipes:
Sticky ginger tempeh with coconut rice by The First Mess
Since going vegan, I have had the occasional craving for ginger beef. I have played with a few different recipes and this one is a favourite.
Honey ginger tea
This is one of my favourite things to drink when I’m sick or have a sore throat. You can buy it or make it yourself. I like to buy Korean citron tea from my local Asian market or make it at home. I like to slice an orange or lemon with the rind on, thinly slice ginger, then add everything to the honey and let it sit overnight for the flavours to mix. You can also just add grated ginger to your favourite green or black tea with honey to balance the spice.
Triple ginger crinkles cookies by Will Cook For Friends
These are holiday family favourite. My dad loves ginger cookies and yet many are not gingery enough for him. This recipe was the solution to that struggle. With fresh, ground and candied ginger, you can’t get much more gingery than that. I’ve made this every Christmas for the past five years, and they have always been a hit with the family, friends and coworkers.
If you love ginger as much as me, I’d love to hear about your favourite recipes in the comments below.