I love ginger. And it's not just because my son is the most handsome ginger I know.
Here he is patiently waiting for his food at a farm to table dinner at Half Pint Farm in Burlington. He wanted me to shave him a mohawk and the kid has a funny ridge in his head so we ended up with an abstract one :)
Ginger is a great ingredient- it makes it's appearance on our table frequently and after googling and researching we will try to grow some this summer. For now I pick up copious quantities of it cheaply anytime I can make it by Haymarket in Boston. Apparently, it's also known to have inflammatory characteristics and can possibly prevent skin cancers. Wow, yummy medicine!
I'm a little lazy though. So one day I decided to put it through my garlic press, because mincing ginger is not a favorite task of mine. Perfection. Not only did I yield way more ginger juice in the recipe but all of the fibers stayed in the press. And for you visual learners here are the pictures to prove it:
|Put the piece of ginger in the garlic press. Don't even bother peeling it. However, I'm not going to lie, it's easier if you peel it.|
|Holy ginger juice! That would have been wasted all over the cutting board. Now take a knife and run it over the ginger hanging off the press. Anything that comes off easily will be used in your recipe. The stubborn fibers will remain.|
|If it didn't come off easily then don't worry about it. It's too tough to use and you're better off without it.|
|This dry compacted fiber is what I took out of the press and composted when I was done.|
We own a SodaStream. It has changed our life (and our finances). My husband drinks seltzer like it's going out of style and I hate buying soda. We don't drink a lot of soda but this past week the warrior princess had chicken pox. Joy.
|In the early 30 count phase. Pox covered doll was a family joke.|
All the memories I have of being sick when I was younger revolve around getting to have ginger ale, a big deal in our soda-free household. So while home caring for the pox-covered princess I decided to take the pound of ginger I had recently purchased and make soda syrup.
|I used about 6 oz of ginger which looks like this.|
|Slice it lengthwise into thin slices.|
|Once the sugar has melted into the water add the sliced ginger & simmer for 45 minutes to an hour.|
|Ginger-y delicious. Enjoy! We use roughly 1/3 cup per liter of soda- adjust to your taste.|
Just be warned that this stuff is so yummy it may induce a happy ginger dance.