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Speed technique: Freezing ginger

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I like to keep a knob of ginger on hand, but I often don't use it all up before it starts to shrivel up and lose its potency. Last week a friend gave me a whole bag of ginger and I knew there was no way I could use it in time, so I consulted the Japanese books on freezing and found that ginger can be frozen both sliced and grated. An ingenious way to store grated ginger is to form it into a long, skinny cylinder in plastic wrap, and freeze it. When you're ready to use some, just break or cut off as much as you need and return the rest to the freezer! Convenient for adding quick flavor to a dish that you're cooking for a speedy lunch or dinner.

Frozen grated ginger

I have a couple of special ginger graters, but a Microplane rasp-type grater also does an okay job. Ceramic ginger graters (like this and this) and metal ones below do produce a nicer, silkier product without the fibrous strings, and collect the juice in a little reservoir in the grater. Worthwhile if you grate a lot of ginger, otherwise don't sweat it.

Grating ginger for freezing       Grated ginger wrapped for freezing

You can also freeze pre-sliced (or julienned) ginger. Just peel and slice, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and freeze in another container (freezer bag or plastic container like tiny Tupperware) to prevent freezer burn.

Cutting ginger for freezing       Sliced and julienned ginger for freezing

Tip on peeling ginger: use the edge of a spoon to quickly and easily scrape off the thin peel without wasting ginger.

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Comments

ss_biggie
May. 6th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)
I strive for Alton-like multitasking in my kitchen equipment, but the Japanese dollar stores are my weakness... I got my sesame-toasting pan for 100 yen a decade ago, but I wouldn't pay a lot for one. You could always jury-rig one with a regular frying pan and a splatter screen. I think Alton would approve!!!
sff_corgi
May. 6th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
Since I have no Japanese dollar stores, that's exactly my plan. And I have cast iron! ^_^

(Although after the mess the other night, I think I will pop for a tamago pan... did you know they carry them at World Market?)
ss_biggie
May. 6th, 2007 07:15 am (UTC)
That's CostPlus, right? Good tip (as long as the price is right)! BTW, I just added the jury-rig idea to the description of the sesame toasting pan in my store -- McGuyering your own tools can be just as much fun as acquiring new kitchen gadgets!
sff_corgi
May. 6th, 2007 07:39 am (UTC)
Yup - they kinda run the names together, apparently. We just got a big one built near work not long ago. Their pan, according to their website, is $14, same as Amazon's. I think. The only cheaper I've seen has been Bento Obento's $10 one, but there's the question of how sturdy a handle.

Woohoo! Alton has to be High Priest of the Church of McGyverism. I remember his drying rack and his cardboard-box smokers....

BTW, I remember you mentioning a pan you stopped using because the handle got too hot. I found this 'hot handle mitt' critter at the heavenly Lodge Manufacturing Outlet Store, and it's been great. I use it on the cast iron and my Visions glass cookware, and it holds the spatter-screen in position when you slide its handle into the mitt as well.
ss_biggie
May. 6th, 2007 07:57 am (UTC)
Oh, I know where Bento Obento (BentoTV) sourced that $10 pan from -- it was either $1 or $1.50 at Ichiban Kan in San Francisco's Japantown. It's very small and not very good quality, but I don't mind for $1.50 (I've got that tiny one for two eggs and a better-quality larger one for four eggs, but not the really huge square one).

I've got similar hot handle covers in silicone and leather, but I just gave up on the ridiculous tiny pan -- bad balance (pan wouldn't stay balanced on the burner), and the very short handle made it hard to use the handle covers. More trouble than it was worth, plus Bug and his friends like to play with it! Better toy than pan.
sff_corgi
May. 6th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
She does have some... creative... markups, doesn't she. Ya pay for convenience. I'll check out the World Market one next week and give you a review.

Ooo, leather cover? Nice.

I've got various sizes of Lodge, including the ickle one they sell as a spoon rest. I seasoned it, and I've cooked a bit in it. ^_^ My mother was into Revereware, so I've got a lot of that now, but I usually grab the Visions glass first. I've got this thing for cranberry-red, see....