Chopping Root Ginger

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Chopping Root Ginger
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Chopping fresh root ginger by hand gives you a much better result than with a food processor. As with garlic, aim to chop your ginger consistently so it will cook evenly and distribute better throughout the dish. Ginger gives a distinctive bite to sweet and savoury food and sauces.

Peel the skin off of the amount of root ginger you would like to use. You can peel the ginger with a vegetable peeler or with a knife.
Using a sharp kitchen knife slice the ginger thinly. The thinner the slices, the smaller the final dice will be. Try to be as consistent in the thickness of the slices as possible.

Stack the slices on top of each other like a deck of cards
Slice very thin strips out of the stack. Again, the thinner the slices, the smaller the dice will be.
Keep it consistent
Ginger that is chopped to a consistent size increases the likelihood that the ginger will not burn in dishes like stir fries and curries. In addition, the ginger will distribute more evenly throughout your cooked dishes.
Turn the new stack of thinly cut strips of ginger and cut down one last time, making the slices as close together as the first two slices. At this point, you should have perfect small dice of ginger. If for some reason the dice do not seem small enough, try taking another pass over the ginger, and chop until it is as small you desire.
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  • Comment: debbie63

    Posted: 19 Mar 2013

    Comment: sarahfoley1973

    I keep my ginger in the freezer and then grate it in whilst still frozen. I haven't noticed any difference in flavour, but it's certainly alot easier!
    Posted: 24 Jan 2011


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