Are you stumped when it comes to ways of using ginger? Fragrant, spicy and pungent, this spice is often confined to Asian dishes or cookies like ginger snaps. But ginger is versatile and can be used in many ways - whether in sweet or savory dishes. So what can do you with ginger? Here's a list of 5 ways you can incorporate ginger into your diet.
1. Ginger Soda
For a refreshing alternative to lemonade, puree two inches of ginger with a bit of water then strain. Be sure to squeeze down the pulp to extract the most juice. Combine the ginger juice with one quart (one liter) of sparkling water and sweeten with simple syrup and refrigerate. It's divine!
2. Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is very popular in the Caribbean islands like Jamaica and Puerto Rico, even during the summer months. It's very easy to prepare. Slice an inch of ginger and put in a pot with a cup or so of water. Let the ginger simmer until the water changes color. Sweeten and add milk, if desired. This is a great remedy for colds.
3. Ginger and Garlic
This duo is the essence of Indian cooking. It's no wonder, the combination of these two aromatic roots adds enormous amounts of flavor to dishes. To boost stews and sauces, sautee minced ginger and garlic in oil. Allow them to caramelize before adding the rest of your ingredients.
4. Combat Nausea
Ginger is a great remedy for combating nausea. If you suffer from motion sickness, make sure to carry a pouch of crystallized ginger with you. As soon as you feel ill, snack on some ginger. You'll soon be feeling better.
5. Bake With Ginger
Adding ginger to baked goods is a great way of making them more aromatic and flavorful. Use ginger the way you would lemon zest. Grate it into cake batters, add chopped crystallized ginger to cookies, and use powdered ginger in puddings. You'll taste the difference.