When peeling it instead of tossing your ginger peels in the garbage (or compost!), use them to create a potent broth that you can add to…just about anything. Here’s how to do it.
How to Make the Broth
Add at least a quarter of a cup of ginger peels to a quart of water. The more ginger you add, the more flavorful (potent) it will be. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover, lower the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Let the broth cool completely, then strain out the ginger peels and store the broth in a container in the fridge. You can even boil the peels a second time, the broth will not be as strong but will still be tasty.
Add to Juice
Ginger helps with digestion, pain and inflammation. A couple tablespoons of the fiery broth added to your juice may just be what the doctor ordered for those stomach issues.
Steam Some Veggies
Steamed root vegetables like turnips, rutabagas, and radishes may not seem exciting. Use a double-boiler or a covered, heat-proof colander set over a sauce pot containing the broth, and simmer the broth until the vegetables are fragrant and tender. Add to a salad for that extra flavor, or use the root vegetables for a simple side dish.
Mix Up a Cocktail
Use your homemade ginger broth as a mixer for your cocktails for example ginger and vodka, gin or sparkling wine. You can also sweeten the broth while it cooks to form a simple syrup.
Have Some Sweet Tea
Ginger tea is well-known as a soother of upset stomachs and as a tasty, caffeine-free way to unwind. To make a tea, dilute the broth with hot water and stir in the sweetener of your choice. Maple syrup and honey both go great with ginger’s earthy flavor. Add this to your tea and enjoy.
Simmer Some Soup
Carrot ginger soup is a classic. Enhance the flavor of this favorite soup by adding your (unsweetened) ginger broth to the soup.
In Baked Goods
If the recipe calls for a liquid, substitute the ginger broth. If you are making a baked good with yeast be careful not to add too much, dilute it. For muffins or any quick bread it will add extra flavor.
The options are endless, just use your imagination, and enjoy the benefits of adding fresh ginger to your meals.
August 24, 2015 / Bon Appetite, Rochelle Bilow