Ginger in Bulk
I was chatting with our green grocer and commented on how expensive fresh ginger is. She said that if I wanted to buy some in bulk, she could arrange it. By buying a two-pound bag full, I saved $1.32 per pound.
Linda's Note: It pays to check with your greengrocer once in a while. Better yet, build up a rapport with her. You never know what kind of economical tip she may pass your way.
First, I peeled the ginger.
I tried a little orange rasp kind of gadget that didn’t work. Then I simply used my trusty little potato peeler.
These are fresh ginger slices ready to dehydrate.
After drying, they will be stored until needed. I won't grind them into powder until I'm ready to use them.
Dried Sliced Ginger
Ginger is pretty hard stuff when dehydrated like this. I buzzed it a little in the food processor to get it crushed down a bit. However, I do not like turning it into powder until I’m ready to use it. Larger pieces keep the fresh taste longer. Grind it with your spice mill (or coffee bean grinder or a pepper mill set aside for the purpose) just before you’re ready to use it.