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Dehydrating Ginger Root
There are so many reasons to consume ginger. Ginger has a very long history of use in treating a variety of aliments. It’s been used to aid digestion, reduce nausea, and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few of its purposes. While I have already shared with you a canning recipe to preserve Ginger Tea, here are some tips on how to successfully dehydrate ginger and ways in which to use it.
Dehydrating Ginger Root Instructions
- Because ginger root is not uniform in size, be sure to select the largest roots in the bunch to ensure you have less prep work and a higher yield.
- Using a vegetable peeler, peel the ginger root and rinse root off in sink. If easier, you may cut the larger sized roots into manageable pieces making it easier to peel.
- Using a pairing knife, mandolin or a course peeler, slice the root into slices no more than 1/8-inch thick. The thinner the better to ensure even drying.
- Place the slices onto the mesh drying tray of your dehydrator. Dry at 130℉ for 4 to 4 1/2 hours or until the slices are dry.
- Store the strips intact to ensure freshness. You may store them in mason jars and seal using your vacuum sealer. You may also store them in Ziploc bags with oxygen absorbers. Where ever you choose to store your dehydrated ginger root, be sure it is away from direct and indirect sunlight.
When ready to use, depending on the recipe, you may break up your strips into smaller pieces or place the strips in a coffee or herb grinder and create ginger powder.
Myrecipes.com put together a really nice list of ways in which to use ginger, whether it is fresh, dried, or candied even. These are just some of the wonderful ways to use your dehydrated ginger root.
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Diane, The Canning Diva