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Old 08-19-2009, 04:03 AM   #1
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Grating ginger?

Is there an easy way of doing this , as i find it difficult as must of the ginger gets stuck in the grater itself.

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Old 08-19-2009, 04:18 AM   #2
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When it comes to grating ginger I always use the finest grater I can find but you can buy a porcelain grater that are designed specifically for ginger.



You could also try freezing the ginger before grating.

Hope that helps
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:29 AM   #3
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That new ' food network star' lady suggested freezing the ginger and grating it that way. Whether it is easier or not, im not sure since i never tried it. She also said it lasted longer that way.
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:21 AM   #4
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I use a microplane grater. Most of the ginger does stick to the back of it, but comes off easily with a quick swipe of the finger.
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Old 08-19-2009, 09:45 AM   #5
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I keep mine in the freezer, and grate it with a microplane. No need to peel or defrost, easy-peasy.
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:10 AM   #6
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yep, I do the same, freezer, microplane
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:14 AM   #7
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Microplane grater is the only way to go for me as well
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:25 AM   #8
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You can also treat it like garlic. Smash it with the side of your chef's knife then mince it quickly.
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:09 AM   #9
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Grate with the fibers, not across them, and that helps too.
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Old 08-19-2009, 11:15 AM   #10
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Ginger's cheap too. I just trim back the skin, grate more than I need and wash the grater.
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:01 PM   #11
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I usually just peel it with my knife by slicing off the outside, then slice it into very fine strips, cut those into matchsticks and mince them very fine. I think the ginger flavor in the dish is a bit more intense that way.
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:36 PM   #12
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Do do the exact same thing Scotch. When I slice off the skin I try to do it in a way that leaves me with a piece of ginger that is as close to squared as possible. This makes it very easy to cut it into planks and then match sticks and then diced or minced so that you end up with very even pieces. Of course my wife would rather I grate it as she does not always like the ginger punch she gets when she bites into a piece.
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:52 PM   #13
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I first used ginger in Chinese cooking, staring 40+ years ago, and I never saw any recipe that suggested anything other than mincing the ginger. Old dog too stubborn to learn new trick.
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:13 PM   #14
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I never found Ginger grating. I did however find Mrs Howell and the Professor to be annoying.
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I usually just peel it with my knife by slicing off the outside, then slice it into very fine strips, cut those into matchsticks and mince them very fine. I think the ginger flavor in the dish is a bit more intense that way.
That's the way I do it, too
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:14 PM   #16
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I use a microplane, as well, but instead of freezing, I use a plastic vacuum bag by Reynolds and pump the air out and the ginger keeps for a long time, won't mold nor dry out.

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Old 08-24-2009, 04:23 AM   #17
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My mother was from China from the Pearl River Delta region near Canton (not politically correct) and she was famous in town for her cooking abilities.

She would slice a piece of ginger about 1/8" thick and then smash it with the flat of the Chinese cleaver until it was pulverized and ready for use.

If she was flavoring the wok, she would simply slice the ginger and then throw it into the hot wok with oil and let it dance around to flavor the oil. Then she would remove it and add the other ingredients to assemble and finish the dish.

BTW, she always rebelled at the term, "stir fry." To her, it was all wrong. And I agree. A more proper term would be "high heat toss fry." It is a very fast, rapid, loud, violent form of cooking with lots of noise and hot oil coming in contact with cool ingredients and a lot of banging around as while being vigorously tossed by a long, heavy, metal spatula and the loud knocking caused by banging the spatula against the steel wok inside to knock ingredients that have temporarily stuck to the tool.

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