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Old 02-21-2011, 10:07 AM   #11
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a smooth skin is a sign of freshness. and the aroma should be very noticable from the very first cut.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:00 AM   #12
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I always taste test newly bought ginger - grate, dip a finger into the juice. If no juice, I remind myself that it's old and should be tossed. Another mental note is which of the half dozen groceries nearest to me has had the best ginger. I've been known to shop a trunk load of groceries at one store, and then drive five miles to another store just to buy one root of ginger. Much like lemon, an especially bright ginger taste can wake up a dish from good to great.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:18 AM   #13
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Growing ginger is easy-- take a young piece of root and put it just under the surface in a pot of soil.

Sometimes you can find roots with visible buds--these work best.
Just be ware of squirrels. I tried growing ginger in my garden many years ago and the danged squirrels kept digging it up and hauling it away.

If I ever try growing ginger again, I'll put some chicken wire over it.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:33 PM   #14
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I'd try Penzys. IMO supermarket ginger sometimes lays around too long.
As soon as I get the ginger home, I put it in a baggie and store in the corner of the freezer door. It can be grated while still frozen and replaced in the same spot so I know where to look for it. It stays pungent and lasts forever.
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Old 02-21-2011, 12:48 PM   #15
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Based on a suggestion from Jennyema, I have been storing peeled ginger in a jar of dry sherry in the fridge. It lasts forever. I just pull out a piece, grate what I need. Also, uyou get some ginger flavored sherry you can use in a recipe.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:19 PM   #16
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I do the same thing Andy, except I don't even bother to keep it in the fridge. I have had the same hand of Ginger for well over a year and it is still prefect. And that Ginger flavored sherry has added a nice kick to a few dishes I have made.
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Excellent idea. I like Sherry.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:27 PM   #18
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Just be ware of squirrels. I tried growing ginger in my garden many years ago and the danged squirrels kept digging it up and hauling it away.

If I ever try growing ginger again, I'll put some chicken wire over it.

I am thinking gingered squirrel on the grill might kind of tasty...
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