Ginger paste might seem like an odd ingredient however, many oreintal recipes call for this simple ingredient. Whenever you see a recipe call for dried ginger, ginger powder or fresh ginger you can sub in some ginger paste. Since this is made with fresh ginger less is always more. Ginger paste is also called for as a headache remedy. You can see my post on headache relief here.
You could go to the store and search the aisles of the grocery store and pay $4 a bottle for ginger paste, OR you could make your own for waaaay cheaper.
So without further ado here is all you need to make your very own ginger paste.
*1 knob of ginger (size doesn’t matter)
*1-3 tablespoons of water (depends on the amount of ginger you use)
Yeah, just two ingredients. Ginger and water. Could it be any easier? Make sure you peel the ginger. I like to use a knife instead of a typical peeler. Between the thickness of the skin and all the nooks and crannies on a piece of ginger it just comes out better with a knife. (I nearly sliced my finger off trying use a peeler. 😱)
Here we have our ginger peeled and cut into medium sized chunks. Blend until it looks like the picture below.
At this stage we add water. Only add 1 tablespoon at a time and blend on high. After a few seconds check the consistency before adding more water. In order to keep your paste at the right consistency (a thick “paste” 😉 ) only a little water is needed. If you do add too much water you can do 1 of 3 things. Strain it, add more ginger or simply dab your paste with a paper towel. Because we are dealing with a small amount of stuff; you may have to stop the blender a couple times to stir.
There you go! Your very own homemade ginger paste using only two ingredients. Store it in an air tight container for up to a month or freeze little cubes of it for up to 6 months. If you are really worried about freshness in the fridge; add a drop of high quality lemon essential oil. One drop will do.
Use this for hassle free cooking in place of other forms of ginger or to ease your headache pain. If you come up with new ways to use this in your kitchen or around the home make sure to leave a comment. I can’t wait to see what you all come up with. Enjoy!