in my cupboard: minced ginger

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?”

Comments

  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

    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.

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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.

  9. says

    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!

  10. Emily says

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

  11. says

    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!!

  12. says

    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

  13. says

    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!

  14. Marnie says

    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!

  15. Emily says

    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. says

    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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