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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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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.
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....