October 23, 2014

I think ginger is one of the best spices in the world. In addition to adding a great flavour kick to a recipe, it has great medicinal qualities. In Jamaica when you have an upset stomach (or bad stomach, as we say), ginger tea is a favourite remedy. Ginger Tea: Boil some chopped fresh ginger in water for 5 minutes, steep for 5 more minutes, strain and sweeten.
 
Ginger is also known to help with digestion. So a cup of ginger tea after supper is good for the soul, I say. In Jamaica we also use ginger to make ginger beer. It’s a classic Jamaican beverage, and I look forward to sharing my recipe with you this week!
 
I use dried powdered ginger for some recipes, mainly baking. But I find that the flavour of fresh ginger is wonderful in savory dishes — and for Jamaican Ginger Beer, of course. Also, you should know that the potency varies. Generally, the younger and fresher the ginger stem, the less intense the flavour. Probably because there’s more water content in the freshest ginger.
 
Buy the freshest ginger you can find
When shopping for fresh ginger, choose firm, crisp-looking stems and stay away from any dark, shriveled ones.
 
Store fresh ginger in the refrigerator
Ginger is best stored unpeeled at cooler temperatures. Wrap it in plastic or pop in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out.
 
Ginger can also be stored in the freezer
If I’m not using fresh ginger right away I put it in the freezer. It’s easy to defrost, but another  benefit is that frozen ginger is easier to grate.

 

Fay & Angela

In our family cooking is a loving gesture. Our mission is to spread that love around the world by sharing our beloved family recipes. Our Jamaican recipes have been passed down for generations, are easy to prepare and very authentic! We know you'll love them. Enjoy!

Fay & Angela

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    Pendo
    July 18, 2012

    another way to store ginger is to crush it together with garlic add some lemon juice to make a paste and store it in the fridge…can be used to add flavour to a variety of dishes meat, poultry/ fish and also rice dishes like biryani/pilau …my mum used to make me do this all the time when i was young and i had to use a small mortar and pestle but you can use a blender/food processor too less tiring:)

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