Grating Ginger ...without a grater :-(

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Geoff

Grating Ginger ...without a grater :-(

I think I could probably build a small house with all the graters etc.that I have thrown away in the past!
I seem to have managed to achieve acceptable results using just a wooden chopping board and a sharp knife, for most things.
The fibrous structure of ginger root however might call for some ingenuity....trouble is, I can't find my "Surform" in my toolbox!
Can Root Ginger be chopped to a "puree"
witrh a knife...is there another solution, or am I doomed to buy yet another blasted grater?

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Geoff

Surform:- Uses.

Just Googling around and saw this!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Zester.jpg
Seems I was on the right track...if only I could find it!
Note to self: tidy the Garage!

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JAMES

Grating Ginger.

I buy it ready grated! Such a cheat I know, but so handy to have the little packet in the freezer! I get it in Sainsburys, frozen, in a sort of tiny ice cube tray. You just pop out however many cubes you need, straight into the dish.

Lazy Jim-Bob!

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Geoff

Grating Ginger

Thanks James, not seen that, only those nasty little tubes!
I'll look out for it in the freezer section this afternoon.

Got to be better than using the surform!

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Gerry

ginger

Geoff,
I keep ginger, peeled and cut into chunks, in a jar filled with sherry. It softens it after a bit and can be finely chopped very easily.

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Biggles !

Cutting ginger

I've watched Ching chop most things with one of her huge cleavers, most impressive, including ginger. I find it helps to cut with the grain first into matchsticks and then cut across.

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Geoff

Grating Ginger

Hi Guys, just found out that Sainsbury's seem to feel that frozen grated ginger is too up market for us cloth capped northerners!
Went to Waitrose and bought yet another grater!!
Gerry, like the sound of that! I'll pickle what I've got left over, thanks
Biggles !, call me sentimental, but I've become quite attached to my stubby little fingers, think I'll give the cleaver a miss!!

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Biggles !

chopping ginger

Awww go on Geoff, I've still got my stubby fingers (used to play the violin in my yoof) and I've been using the chopper for about 5 years now :0)

However, I can confirm a really, really sharp blade does not hurt at all until one sees the blood well up :0(

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JAMES

Ginger.

Thats dreadful Geoff! LOL though!!!

I realise that items stocked will vary, but I'd consider this a basic. You can also get "lazy ginger" in a jar, ready prepared, by the brand name "lazy ginger" and also, Sainsburys now do their own "dahn saff..."

By the way, Waitrose also do their own brand of frozen grated ginger here. In a foil packet, I think it wasabout two quid. They do quite a few fresh herbs in this way, and all very hand to have, as I used to end up throwing too much fresh stuff away.

Now, I've bored you too much, so this southerner is off to clean out the whippets.........

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SusanM

Ginger

I also buy it grated in little blocks --wonderfull stuff

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Geoff

Grating Ginger

Sorry guys, I mustn't have asked for notifications on that last comment, thought you'd all given up on me!
Most forums (or is it fora?) seem to apply this selection to all subsequent posts in the thread...but not here!
lol Biggles !..must concurr with your observation re: sharp blades and the abscence of pain..till you see the result, (14 stitches after slipping with a craft knife!)
JAMES: love it! can I borrow one of yer whippets guv, to bite the guy at Sainsbury's
SusanM, I'll have a look next time I'm in waitrose, 'cos it is handy, but i'm sorted now I've got my new grater!
I've even done as Gerry said and "pickled" the rest of the peeled root in Croft Original.

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Chazza

Grating Ginger ...without a grater :-(

Ginger again , must be the most popular suubject on these boards (anyone heard from Mickoldboy lately)?

It's a bit wasteful but if you cut your ginger into a long oblong block you can easily slice it up the grain - but not to the end - on one side, then turn it over and do the same, once again up the grain, then last, hold the whole thing together and shave tiny slices off with your sharpest blade. You'll get better than grated ginger.

Best though if you use the somewhat unfashionable bag. Take your ginger, smack it with a hammer until you feel better, place the remains in your bag, place bag in pot with other spiky stuff like rosemary or bay or lumps of pepper, and remove at the end of cooking.

Gerry's the girl to help you with your latin plurals

Biggs tell us more about your violin days!

Regards to the Brighton whippets.

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jennifer

Ginger

I love those little frozen packets from Waitrose..the shallots are great,and the chives. Use them a lot. The ginger is nice with carrots, peps them up a bit.

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JAMES

Ginger.

I agree Jen. Those Waitrose packs are excellent. As they are foil packs that reseal, they also take up very little freezer space, which is at a premium for myself. I always use to end up with manky herbs etc in the fridge, which is why I've always favoured dried, but fresh, and frozen is def the way to go for me.

The ones in Sainsburys in a tiny ice cube style tray are 2 for £2 instead of £1.49 each at the mo. They do about 8 different types that I've seen. Well worth keeping to hand.

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Saffy

ginger

I keep a jar of the Very Lazy Ginger which is OK, but the best one is the Rajah ginger ... I usally buy it from a local ethnic shop; it doesn't have the vinegary tatse.

If I'm planning a particular meal I'll buy fresh ginger and I use the smaller grater on my four sided old fashioned grater. I've never had a problem with it. I've found that when ginger is not as fresh as it could be it tends to go woody and stringy and clogs up the grater - I just chuck those bits out. x

 
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