Friday, December 6, 2013

Freezer Ginger Squares

Ready, peeled, ground and portioned ginger whenever you need it
Source: improvised


Taste: Not applicable
Difficulty: 1 (out of 5)

Ingredients:
Ginger root, as much as you want

Directions:
1. Wash and peel the ginger root, and cut into 1/2 inch slices.
2. Place the ginger into your Vitamix (or another very strong) blender. Start on low setting, increase speed from 0 to 5, use the tamper if large chunks of ginger get stuck. When the mixture is more or less uniform, increase the speed to 10, then set it to High and let process for another 15 seconds.
3. Line a small shallow freezer-safe dish (I use a plastic cover of a Pyrex) with parchment paper, and scoop out the ground ginger onto the dish. Flatten the ginger puree with a spatula, and freeze for about 2 hours.
4. Remove the ginger from the freezer, flip the ginger onto a cutting board, peel off the paper, and cut the ginger into squares. Place the squares into a freezer bag and freezer until required.

Afterthoughts:
I love this method and use it with lots of herbs and spices: lemongrass, roasted garlic, parsley, basil, you name it. It is particularly great for highly perishable herbs. For ginger, it saves you a lot of time: you do all the peeling, the grinding and the washing once every couple of months, and have freshly ground ginger whenever you need it in a second.


4 comments:

Angie Schneider said...

I must give this one a try too! First sight I thought they were lemon bars :-))

Elzbieta Hester said...

Me too, thought they were lemon bars! Clever idea! Thanks for sharing :) ela

marudhavani said...

very nice instructions

Two Girls One Kitchen said...

Thought these were lemon bars and I got excited. Realized they were ginger, even more excited!