In the world of culinary wonders, few ingredients hold the power to transform dishes like ginger does. While ginger comes in various forms – fresh, dried, ground – there’s one kitchen secret that can save you time and infuse your creations with a burst of flavor: Homemade Ginger Paste.
Ginger is one of the staple ingredients that is used in Indian cooking and especially Masala Chai. I use to buy ginger garlic paste from the grocery store before, however since I have been making it at home, I have never looked back. Creating this treasure at home is simple and ensures you have a potent and natural ingredient at your fingertips, without any additives or preservatives.
What are the benefits of Homemade Ginger Paste?
- Saves Time: By freezing the ginger paste into an ice tray, it becomes so easy to use by simply defrosting a cube instead of the whole thing for your everyday cooking.
- Flavor Explosion: Homemade ginger paste offers a more vibrant and robust flavor than store-bought alternatives.
- Control Over Ingredients: By making your ginger paste, you have complete control over the quality and purity of the ingredients used—no artificial additives, preservatives, or hidden chemicals.
- Cost-Effective: Purchasing ginger paste from the store can be expensive, especially considering the small quantities used in recipes. Making it at home is much more cost-effective in the long run.
- Preservation without Compromise: If you opt to include lemon juice in your homemade ginger paste, you’re adding a natural preservative that enhances its shelf life without compromising its natural goodness.
- Convenience: Having a jar of ginger paste in your refrigerator is so convenient, especially on weekdays when you are not in the mood to do extensive prep work.
Culinary Uses of Ginger Paste
There are so many ways ginger paste can be used. You can use it in your stir fries, curries & sauces, marinades, and even in baked goods.
As mentioned earlier, ginger is a must in my Masala Chai, maybe not in a paste form. I grate fresh ginger every time I make tea, you can grate it and keep in a fridge or pound it in a mortar & pestle. Ginger adds warmth and freshness to savory dishes and is a versatile spice.
Ginger also has a lot of health benefits, please click here to read about it.
How to store Ginger?
- Room Temperature: Unpeeled and uncut ginger root can last up to about 3 weeks when stored at room temperature. It’s essential to keep the ginger root in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
- Refrigerator: If you store unpeeled ginger root in the refrigerator, it can last for up to 1 month when properly wrapped. For peeled ginger, its shelf life is slightly shorter, lasting around 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
- Freezer: If you want to extend the shelf life of ginger root even further, you can freeze it. Whole, unpeeled ginger root should be properly wrapped or sealed in an airtight container before freezing. When stored in the freezer, unpeeled ginger root can last for 3 to 4 months. You can also make a ginger paste by blending or grating the ginger and then freezing it in ice cube trays or airtight containers. The ginger paste can also last 3 to 4 months in the freezer.
Remember to label your containers with the date to keep track of their freshness. The Homemade Ginger Paste can typically be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks and in the freezer for several months. This way, you’ll always have a convenient supply of ginger paste on hand for your cooking needs
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Homemade Ginger Paste | Adrak ki paste
- 2 lbs ginger
- water as needed
- ¾ tsp salt
- lemon juice optional (didn't use)
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- Start by peeling the ginger root.
- Cut the ginger into small pieces to make it easier to blend.
- Place the ginger pieces in a food processor or blender.
- Add a small amount of water, just enough to help with blending.
- Blend until you achieve your desired consistency. You can make it smooth or leave it slightly coarse, depending on your preference.
- Transfer the ginger paste into an airtight container or ice cube trays if you want to freeze it in smaller portions.
- Store in the refrigerator for immediate use or in the freezer for longer-term storage.