Fresh ginger root can be dried at home then ground into a powder to use in cooking. Powdered ginger adds an unusual flavor to main dishes and desserts. Powdered ginger can be added to meat dishes, stews, rice dishes, cakes and cookies. Fresh ginger root is sold in most supermarkets and farm markets. It is relatively inexpensive and keep well.
Things You'll Need
- Potato peeler
- Flat baking sheet
- Wax paper
- Dry cool place
- Spice grinder or coffee grinder
- Glass jar with top
Peel the skin off two fresh rhizomes of ginger root with a potato peeler. Peel on the table or counter. Remover the tough outside peel. Discard the peel.
Line a large plate with wax paper. Using a hand grater, grate the fresh ginger onto the wax paper. The ginger will be in the shape of thin shards.
Line a large baking sheet with wax paper put the grated ginger shards on the baking sheet. Spread the grated ginger evenly on the baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet in a dry cool place in the kitchen where it will not be disturbed. Cover the grated ginger with wax paper so insects and food will not land on them. Turn grated ginger once daily with tongs, lifting off wax paper, then replacing it every day until the ginger root is dry.
Grind dried ginger in the spice grinder, coffee grinder, or even food processor. Put the dried ginger in glass bottles and replace the lids. Store in a cool dry place like the kitchen cabinet.