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Do You Know the Health Benefits of Ginger Juice?
As Asian cuisine has become more popular in the United States, so has the usage of fresh ginger as an ingredient. Most households used to only have powdered ginger in the spice cabinet, but today fresh ginger is widely accessible in the produce area of our supermarkets. Grated fresh ginger is used in Asian-inspired marinades and sauces, but the juice that results from the grating is also delicious in these dishes.
Because it includes enzymes that help tenderize meat by breaking down its proteins, fresh ginger is a popular marinade component. Some marinade recipes ask for chopped or grated ginger, while others specify freshly squeezed ginger juice. Ginger juice is used to flavor sauces in addition to marinades. And as long as you have fresh ginger on hand, you can easily create your own.
How To Make Ginger Juice
Fresh ginger, a peeler, a grater, and then a cheesecloth are all you need to prepare ginger juice (if you prefer). To begin, peel and grate several pieces of ginger. Squeeze the ginger nectar from the shredded pieces into a small bowl with your hands. If you find this uncomfortable or untidy, wrap the gratings in cheesecloth first and then pour the mixture through it. In any case, as long as the ginger is fresh, squeezing out enough juice should be simple.
Ingredients For The Recipe
- 4 oz. fresh ginger root (about 1 cup chopped peeled ginger)
- 14-16 fresh mint leaves
- 6 to 7 cups water (adjust to desired strength, with more or less)
- 2 jumbo lemons, juiced
- 1 pound white sugar
Instructions to Follow
- Peel the skin off the ginger using a knife or spoon.
- Using a tiny pestle, crush the mint in a small bowl ( I used a wooden lemon juicer). Place aside.
- Then, cut the ginger into rough bits that are tiny enough to combine in a blender or food processor. Another option is to use a Microplane or the fine edge of a grater. If using a grater to grate the ginger, do not chop it into bits.
- Bring approximately 7 cups of water to a boil. Make use of a kettle or a pot.
- While the water heats, add the ginger to a blender, cover with 1 cup of water, and process until the ginger is thick and pasty.
- Combine the ginger paste, mints, and boiling water in a large mixing basin.
- Sieve the ginger through a cheesecloth over a large basin or cup, then press off the juice and allow it to drip into the bowl. Remove any leftover paste.
- Stir in the lemon juice and sugar until the sugar dissolves, then serve garnished with mint leaves.
- If desired, serve with ice. Some folks want their food to be hot.
Ginger Juice’s Health Advantages
Cold and congestion relief. Aaah. Every parent I knew in Cameroon recognized the sought-after potential of ginger as a cold treatment. Ginger juice is served warm and consumed at least 2-3 times a day to treat colds and sore throats.
Enhances digestion. Unlike sodas, which cause bloating, ginger juice improves digestion. It promotes the production of saliva, which helps to moisten our food intake, allowing it to be effectively broken down.
Reliever of pain You may have previously heard this one. Ginger juice is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities. Do you have a toothache? Place a little piece of ginger between your cheek and tooth and let the natural fluids do the rest. As a back pain treatment, you may even massage your skin with a mixture of ginger juice and olive oil.
High blood pressure is controlled. Many health publications and professionals suggest that a certain chemical ingredient in ginger helps lower hypertension. It also aids in the reduction of harmful cholesterol in the body, which contributes to heart disease.
Can Ginger Water Work as a Detox?
Detox rituals aim to slowly rid your body of toxins over time. Some people use ginger water mixed with lemon juice as a detox. There is only anecdotal evidence to support this use.
Since ginger may fight germs, illness, inflammation, and cancer-causing molecules, taking a little bit every day can support your overall health. Ginger is a natural root, so drinking it will also give you added nutrients.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1:How long will this last?
Ans: Fresh ginger juice lasts up to 5 days in the refrigerator but like all fresh juices, it is best consumed as fresh as possible.
Q2:Can we use ground ginger to make this?
Ans: The flavor of ground ginger is wildly different than that of fresh; we don’t recommend making ginger juice or shots with dried ginger.
Q3:Do we need to peel the ginger?
Ans: Peeling ginger is optional but it is the best way to ensure all surface impurities are removed from the ginger as ginger grows underground and can be coated in a layer of dirt and debris.
Q4: Ginger Shots are way too spicy, how do make them taste better?
Ans: If you find the ginger juice or shots to be too spicy you can dilute the mixture by adding more water.
Q5: Can we eat too much Ginger?
Ans: Ginger is safe as a part of a balanced diet. If you’re adding it to food, you’re likely not eating large amounts. Concentrated ginger that’s found in extracts or capsules can cause stomach issues, like heartburn, gas, or diarrhea, for some people.
Q6: Which has more health benefits: fresh or dried ginger?
Ans: Fresh ginger has all the natural chemical compounds intact. You lose some of the gingerols when the root is dried and ground into a powder. Fresh ginger seems to work better for fighting infections.
The Bottom Line
Fresh ginger should be stored in the vegetable crisper part of the refrigerator, unpeeled—it will keep up to 1 week in a paper bag and 3 to 4 weeks in a plastic bag. Of course, if you only consume ginger on rare occasions, freezing the ginger ahead of time is the ideal solution. When frozen, tightly wrapped ginger in a plastic bag can keep for months.