As much as I like to think that my kitchen is constantly stocked with the freshest of herbs, garlic and onions, vegetables and spices one thing I always find myself wishing for is fresh ginger. Now, I just need to remember that I’ve got minced ginger in the fridge. I used to think that jarred ginger was kind of cheating (and still feel that way about garlic) but it actually makes a lot of sense for me and I’ll never be without it again. Little things like minced ginger just make me happy – knowing that whatever I’m making can be properly imparted with the bite and flavor of ginger. It adds so much!

Now I just want to find a way to incorporate it into a cocktail…any ideas? Do you use minced ginger, garlic, etc? Or do you think it is “cheating?”

25 Comments (Reply )

  1. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 9:35 am

    So happy I found your blog :)

    I had no idea that minced ginger exists! I do use the jarred garlic (which I just cringe at every time, but it makes life so much easier!) and often shy away from recipes if they call for fresh ginger since it’s never something that I just have on hand. Thanks for sharing this!


    • Emily
      Jan 12, 2011 @ 10:17 am

      So easy! I think that if you would omit something OR use jarred then you should def use jarred!


  2. Mellissa
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 9:49 am

    I wonder if you could make something with vodka, ginger, tea and simple syrup?


    • Emily
      Jan 12, 2011 @ 10:10 am

      I’ll take one of those right now please! ;)


    • Jen @ She said. She said.
      Jan 12, 2011 @ 6:02 pm

      Mellissa -I make a ginger simple syrup – just add chunked fresh ginger while making the syrup. It’s delicious with champagne (with a piece of crystallized ginger in the bottom of the glass) or with just sparkling water.


      • Emily
        Jan 12, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

        See, I was envisioning something with champagne, but didn’t know what to do! LOVE this idea!


  3. thehealthyapron
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    minced ginger? really? I’ve never seen that! I dont typically use ginger bc I don’t care for the taste !I hope you find something good to use it in though!


  4. Dawn (HealthySDLiving)
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    I used to feel it was cheating as well but sometimes it’s really just more convenient – I always have some in the fridge!


  5. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    I always seem to have a knob or two of fresh ginger lying around . . . maybe I’m weird?

    I definitely don’t buy jarred garlic, although I think my boyfriend wishes we did! :)


    • Emily
      Jan 12, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

      Not weird at all – prepared! :)


  6. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    Ooh, ginger cocktail- I like the way you think! I don’t buy minced garlic- mostly because I love really strong garlic and I think it tends to lose its bite when jarred. I don’t usually like ginger when it’s TOO strong, though, so this could be perfect for me!


  7. Mo
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    I love the jarred minced ginger! I do a lot of Asian cooking, but for some reason fresh ginger always goes bad, right about the time I need it. The jarred stuff has been such a nice convenience.


  8. samantha
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    oh… minced garlic is definitely cheating. but i always have it on hand and use it more often than i should. but… yeah, i had NO IDEA that jarred minced ginger was available. i love ginger but don’t get to cook often enough to use up a whole root. now… i just have to find it here in rural TJ and WF-less hell.


  9. Katie@Cozydelicious
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

    This is certainly not cheating! But I actually have started keeping a peeled chunk of ginger in my freezer and when I need it, I just take it out and grate into whatever dish I’m making. So easy!


    • Emily
      Jan 12, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

      That is an amazing idea!! Never thought of that!


  10. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 5:05 pm

    I wish I had fresh basil and parsley all year round, so I know how you feel. I have fresh ginger sometimes because occasionally I juice. I actually would like to get some of that in a jar, so I have it all of the time! Thanks for sharing.


  11. Jen @ She said. She said.
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    I have never bought minced garlic or ginger. I always have a big knob of ginger in my freezer and just grate it on a microplane -it’s even easier when it’s frozen.

    With that said, I don’t judge people that do buy it in a jar. :) It would certainly come in handy. Especially if it’s either jarred or nothing – jarred is better!


  12. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Jan 12, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

    I never knew they had minced ginger. But I guess it makes sense if they have minced garlic right? I keep a jar of minced garlic in the fridge for occasions when I am feeling lazy and don’t want to slice one up and get my hands all sticky.

    I’m intrigued to see what ideas you get for drinks!!


  13. Sagan
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    Hey Emily,

    Just wanted to let you know that when I tried clicking on the comments section for your blog post about the squash/cheese/spinach, I got an error page – something you might want to check out!

    PS I always use a jar of minced garlic these days instead of mincing cloves myself. I love it and I feel a little guilty every time I use the pre-minced stuff :D


    • Emily
      Jan 13, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

      Thank you!


  14. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 6:40 pm

    I would have never thought about putting spinach, squash and blue cheese together but it sounds really good. I tried posting this comment on the other post but it wouldn’t let me. I didn’t know you could buy ginger already minced. Good to know!


  15. Marnie
    Jan 13, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    I think the squash/blue cheese/ spinach combo is genius! Can’t wait to try it.

    (I had the same problem trying to post to that site.) I didn’t know about minced ginger either. I’d suspect it would be better than dried, so I’ll give it a whirl. I keep two heads of fresh garlic in my pantry at all times. It’s a fresh flavor I cannot replace with the jarred stuff.

    I cheat and keep the plastic lemons and limes in my fridge. Trader Joe’s sells some small portions of garlic, cilantro and basil for your freezer, but that didn’t go over too well. I wouldn’t recommend them.

    I’m so excited to try the blue cheese/spinach/squash combo! Thanks again!


    • Emily
      Jan 14, 2011 @ 7:42 am

      I need those limes and lemons, that is another thing that unless I need it for something specific we just don’t have on-hand!


  16. lynn @ the actor's diet
    Jan 14, 2011 @ 12:34 am

    i need to get that! i already love their ginger chews – bet i’d love this!


  17. Ally
    Jan 17, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    I really don’t like using minced garlic. The flavor is just not the same! I have been wanting to buy a jar of minced ginger because I think it would cut down on prep time! Good to hear you like this jar :)


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