What to do with ginger

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What to do with ginger

If you haven't tried fresh ginger yet, these ideas will inspire you.

Ginger originated in China and has been used in food and medicine for over 5,000 years. It's a common ingredient in Chinese and Japanese cuisine and has a zingy, spicy flavour and aroma.

Ginger (imported) is available all year round in most supermarkets and greengrocers.

Ginger will give a lift to almost anything you put it with. Here are some great ways to use it:

  • Add a small knob to a couple of carrots and an apple in the juicer. It's a great 'pep-me-up' juice!
  • Slice thinly and add to stir-fried beef, pork or chicken. Add with the other vegetables towards the end of cooking to keep the zingy flavour alive.
  • Add a peeled knob of ginger to chicken stock then add sliced chicken breast, spinach leaves or other greens, spring onions, chilli and a dash of soy sauce for a tasty Chinese chicken soup.
  • Grate peeled ginger and mix with grated carrot and beetroot. Dress with a lemony vinaigrette for a tasty salad.
  • Add a slice of ginger to hot water or your favourite tea for a fragrant, warming drink on a cold day. Try this iced in the summer with a little honey for sweetness.
  • If you've got a chunk of ginger you're not using, it can be successfully frozen for future use. Just pull out of the freezer and use as is.
  • Try our Ginger beef with broccoli recipe.
First published: Aug 2007


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