Ground Ginger - DIY at Home

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Ground Ginger - Made easily at home

Why would I want to make ground ginger at home when the spice is so readily available for purchase? Sugar. Or more specifically I prefer no sugar. The store bought ginger powder here in Phuket has 35-50 percent sugar. I'll pass on that thank you. So I make my own. True the powder isn't as fine as store bought and the effort is a bit more. However, a labor of love is how I'd describe the process.

Uses - My daily tea tastes very well with ginger and soy milk added. Ginger is a well know immunity system booster preventing the flu and common cold as well as helping digestion. There are many more benefits as well. Ginger benefits

As I don't have a refrigerator, dried products are quite necessary. Yes, there is no refrigerator at my little house. I try to keep my life simple and can't really find a great enough need for one to justify the purchase and electricity. I don't have a dehydrator either... On to the ground ginger process. Quite simple actually to satisfy my needs.

Ground Ginger - DIY at home

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Get out and buy some fresh ginger. Normally a kilo is enough for me. If you can find organic no need to peel the ginger. I could not, so I peeled.

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Half way through the peeling process. Just takes time and a bit of patience really.

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Finished with the peeling and ready for slicing.

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Once peeled and cut just arrange for drying. I try to cut in longer slabs if possible. Put in the sun for drying.

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Just try to arrange for optimum exposure to sun and air.

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If the sun isn't shining then you can use a fan. Close all of your windows to limit humidity as much as possible.

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Give it a day or so until the ginger dries.

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I use the top of an old fan as a drying tray. Works perfectly and is recycled.

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When dry, the ginger looks like an entirely different product. Sun dried is surely better but if the sun isn't cooperating then the fan will have to do....

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I use the coffee/herb grinder attachment to my blender. Does the job sufficiently.

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You may have to grind the ginger a few times depending on the degree of dryness and quality of ginger.

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The second grinding. Still a bit rough.

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The third grinding is good enough for me. You can sift the ginger through a sieve if you prefer a very fine consistency. For me a bit rough is fine as I use it for tea and cooking.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you are inspired to make your own version of ground ginger or can find a store selling powder without sugar.

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And I bet it tastes better too. I hate the sugar additions to everything in Asia.

Indeed the taste is incomparable. I also never trust powders that disappear in hot water ;) I like to see what's in my cup at the end. Great to chew on a bit of ginger after finishing your drink ;) Yes too much sugar makes me feel not so great...