Making The Most Of Ginger

One spice that often gets overlooked for spices such as garlic and onion powder is ginger.  Ginger is a very pungent spice and offers a spicy taste that will liven up any dish quickly.  Traditionally used in Asian cuisine, you can really add this spice to many different recipes that you’re preparing and what’s great is that it offers some good nutritional benefits as well.

Ginger offers small amounts of potassium, magnesium, copper, and manganese, and has been used to provide gastrointestinal relief for a number of years. If you’re feeling nauseated or suffering from motion sickness, ginger can come to your aid.

Ginger also provides anti-inflammatory benefits so it can go a long way towards helping anyone who is currently suffering from any form of arthritis.

Can ginger also contribute to the reduction of belly fat? Absolutely.  Adding ginger to your dish can speed up your metabolism significantly (up to 20% increase) to give your body the extra boost it needs to burn more fat.

Let’s have a quick look at how to select and store this spice so that you can start adding it to your meals on a regular basis.

The Many Forms Of Ginger

You can purchase ginger in a wide variety of different forms including fresh, dried, in powder form, or pureed so you can easily find one to meet your preference.

Take note though that fresh ginger tends to offer the best taste overall, so whenever possible choose this if you can.

Choose Old Or Young Ginger

Fresh ginger is also available in two different forms – young or old with the primary difference being that old ginger has much firmer skin and will need to be peeled before using it while younger ginger has soft skin and can be used right away.

You will typically have to purchase old ginger in Asian markets however, so if you can’t find this in your regular grocery store, that’s the place to check for it.

The Skin Test

When selecting ginger, the primary test you want to do with it is to take a look at how firm it is to the touch and whether the skin is smooth and free from mold.

If you notice any softness to the ginger at all, that could indicate that it’s taste will be less than ideal so that’s one quality that must be there.

Proper Storage

To store your ginger, you should keep it in the fridge for up to three weeks, which will be the maximum way to maintain its freshness.  If you would like to freeze the ginger for longer keeping, freeze it unpeeled where it will last for up to six months.

If you are going to purchase dried ginger then you can keep this in the fridge as well to maintain it’s freshness for about one year.

So next time you’re preparing a dish that you think needs a little extra spiciness, don’t leave out ginger. It adds a great boost of flavor while benefiting your health at the same time.

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