Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Spice World Ground Ginger Root
posted by Kalyn Denny on September 7, 2011
This ground ginger is always in my fridge!
Some purists are probably going to jump all over me for recommending this Spice World Ground Ginger in a jar, so let me start by saying that I do think there are recipes where nothing but fresh ginger root will work. But when you’re making something like a stir-fry sauce, salad dressing, or marinade where you just need a little bit of ginger flavor, I often use this type of pureed ginger root from a jar. It’s a little milder than the flavor of fresh ginger, but it still delivers quite a bit of that distinctive ginger flavor. For using in liquids, this bottled ginger root is finely ground enough that it will mix in easily. For dishes where you might not want chunks of ginger or where you just need a tiny bit of ginger, I think this ground ginger root in a jar is perfect.
When I use this ginger from a jar in recipes I often call this it ginger puree so people can’t confuse it with dried ground ginger, because the two products are not even remotely the same in flavor. Dried ground ginger is a spice that’s used in things like gingerbread. This product is fresh ginger root that’s been ground up and sealed into jars. (I’ve seen some brands that call it ginger puree on the label, although most often it’s called ground ginger.)
The only thing that I don’t like about this type of ginger is that I sometimes have trouble finding it! It’s normally sold in the produce, near the ground garlic in a jar (another product that I confess to sometimes using.) If you can’t find it at your grocery store, sometimes you can get it at an Asian market.
I purchased this Spice World Ground Ginger myself and the company has no idea that I’m writing about their product. All items featured as Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks are things I will happily buy over and over, and because I want readers to know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I no longer accept sample products of any kind. You can see the complete list of products I’ve chosen under the tab Kalyn’s Picks below the blog header.