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Fresh ginger: like or dislike?

Ginger root

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Ah, fresh ginger. On the plus side, there's incomparable taste, and health benefits (settles your stomach, great for air travel). On the minus side, too much can overwhelm a dish and numb your taste buds. You can stick a knob of ginger in the ground, and it will produce many little gingers for a season's worth of cooking (thanks to my friend Julia for teaching me that). In Chinese and Indian cuisine, nothing replaces fresh ginger, which brings balance to the seasonings in stir-fries and curries. Dried ginger, which I use in baking, is no substitute for fresh. Do you agree?

Fresh ginger: like or dislike?

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LOVE ginger! but i agree, too much can really mess up high expectations for a dish....i like to thinly slice it, saute it along with onions for a good flavor in dishes outside the usual stir fries.....i find that ginger gives a warm *zing* to vegs, which we're trying to eat more of, having meat more as a *condiment* instead of it being center stage; i appreciate and utilize the healing properties of ginger as well.....good stuff, maynard ;0)

Love it, always have a supply of peeled and thinly sliced ginger in the freezer, ready to go!

Love it! I must try growing some if it is that easy.


I keep a small hand of ginger in the freezer to use as needed. The microplane has made grating a snap - don't peel, it stays behind. Chopping, mincing, smashing are all good. Steeping for tea (with turmeric) is a treat.
I love all the tastes of foods that traditionally use ginger. My only complaint is that it the taste doesn't come through clearly - am I expecting too much? Is it because of using it from the freezer? It's certainly fragrant when I put it into the food.
I've grown it, following the post Lydia referenced. Harvesting it never happened, but it was fun to watch the plant develop, and it lasted in a pot for a few years.
Crystallized! Love it!

I love ginger, and I'm thinking I must try growing some because I often want it and don't have any in the fridge.

LOVE fresh ginger and always have it in the freezer. I have never planted it but may try it! Thanks for the tip. :)

Fresh ginger tastes like Lemon Pledge to me! But I love dried ginger in baking, so go figure :)

I dearly love fresh ginger. I make it into an amazing tea and I use a lot of it. I will try growing it. Thanks for that tip, Lydia!

I love it and use it all the time in Chinese and Indian style dishes. I buy a chunk of it, wrap it in aluminum foil, put it in a plastic bag, and freeze it. That way I always have fresh ginger available.

Here' the post about growing ginger - Perfect Pantry 2009!

I love ginger. I just started growing it. It took 4 months for the ginger to sprout, but now it is going gangbusters.

I keep a small jar of minced fresh ginger in my refrigerator. I cook many Asian dishes, and not having to prep a knob of ginger speeds meal prep. I'm very fortunate that there is a huge Asia Mart near my home where I can buy ingredients for any Asian recipe.

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