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Healthy Cooking With Ginger


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I love ginger, both fresh and dried. It add a robust, but sometimes subtle flavor to a wide variety of recipes, from cookies to sauces. While ginger delivers a satisfying spice to cooking, it is also often used in traditional means of medicine.

When purchasing young ginger at the local grocery store, you will encounter a fragrant, fleshy, juicy, pungent root that supplies a mild taste packed with spice. Mature ginger possesses a great deal of fiber and is dry, which creates a spicier taste than younger samples. Today, an increasing amount of cooks are using ginger to enhance the nutritional value of their dishes.

Ginger possesses more than 12 different kinds of antioxidants, which aid in boosting the immune system and uplifting the overall level of health for an individual. The herb also provides the body with an array of essential oils, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin C, folic acid, manganese, pantothenic acid, as well as a little bit of vitamin B3. With all of these components, ginger presents a wide range of benefits depending on the way you cook with it. Below are some of the techniques on how to get the most out of ginger:

1) Reduce the Risk of Arteriosclerosis:
When adding ginger to most of your cooking or adding a teaspoonful of fresh ginger juice to beverages, you may take advantage of the anticoagulant properties associated with the root. Ginger is known to assist blood platelets in becoming less “sticky,” which also reduces the risk of blood clots.

2) Get In the Mood:
Ginger becomes a natural aphrodisiac when combining ginger juice, hot water, and honey to make a hot ginger tea that works best after a light meal.

3) Fight Colds:
When you cut up a small piece of ginger and boil it with a small cup of pure drinking water and green tea leaves, you create a concoction that works wonders at the first signs of a cold.

4) Digestive Concerns:
Mixing one teaspoon of fresh ginger juice with one teaspoon each of fresh lime juice and mint juice to a glass of water helps combat heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and indigestion. This is probably why ginger ale is also used with nausea.

5) Energy Boost:
Slices of ginger (disks) boiled in water create a remedy to beat fatigue when mixed with cinnamon bark. All ingredients should be brought to a boil and then covered for 1/2 hour until the beverage turns golden in color. This energy boost is also known to ease the symptoms of muscle pain and soreness.

6) Menstrual Pain:
To relieve cramps and painful menstruation, pound a piece of fresh ginger and boil it in a cup of water with a little honey added for taste.


Ginger Cooking Tips

There are two ways you can store fresh ginger that will help it last longer. One is to keep it in the freezer. This makes it easier to grate. Another is storing it in some sandy soil. This way maybe a little inconvenient for quick use, but you can get the benefit of a renewable source of ginger. If you don’t use it too often, it will actually grow. Just remember to water it!

When cooking with ginger, you should use a teaspoon to scrape off the skin protecting the outside of the herb. As you add ginger to your recipes, keep in mind that timing is everything. Ginger added to the beginning of cooking produces a milder taste, as waiting closer to the end of a recipe creates a much more pungent flavor. To reap the nutritional and health benefits of ginger, you can add a teaspoonful of fresh ginger juice to other vegetable and fruit juices or blend with pineapples, carrots, and apple juices to make delicious smoothies.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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