Urban Legend Debunked: Frozen Ginger DOES Exist!

I’d heard the rumors.  People I know claimed they’d seen it.  I’d even read about it online.  But until I saw the mini-ice cube trays filled with minced frozen ginger, my faith was weak.  Well, hallelujah!  Today was the day I became a believer!

I’ve long been a HUGE fan of the minced frozen garlic (one little square equals one clove), but never really took a liking to the other ‘ice-cube herbs’ sold under the Dorot brand name.  The basil, cilantro and parsley just weren’t as useful as my beloved garlic.  However, once I heard that Dorot also made frozen ginger, I knew that would quickly become a kitchen favorite.  Fresh ginger is wonderful but doesn’t keep very well.  For years I’ve been peeling the root and freezing it whole in ziplock bags, then just grating it frozen into whatever I was making.  It’s a perfectly serviceable way to use ginger that would otherwise get moldy in the fridge, but the ease and convenience of those little ice cubes just plain makes me happy. 

The only downside of this ginger?  Trying to find it!  No stores in my town carry it (why, I have no idea—they all carry Dorot’s other varieties).  I’d heard that a store a few towns over* had it, but it took me three separate trips of finger-numbing digging through the freezer case before they actually had it in stock.  Of course I loaded up!  And if you like fresh ginger flavor in your dishes, I would suggest you do the same thing!   Not sure what to do with the ginger cubes?  Here’s a great way to try them out.  This stir fry sauce goes with just about anything…veggies, shrimp, chicken, or pork stir fry dishes.  Just be sure to add it toward the end of the cooking time so it doesn’t end up burning on the bottom of your pan.

Ginger Stir Fry Sauce

Makes about 1/2 cup.

1 cube frozen ginger, thawed (1 cube equals 1 teaspoon fresh garlic)

1 cube frozen garlic, thawed

3 tablespoons rice vinegar

3 tablespoons soy sauce (low-sodium is preferable)

1 tablespoon sesame oil (you can substitute vegetable or canola oil if you don’t have sesame oil)

Whisk all ingredients together in a mixing cup and add to any stir fry dish toward the end of the cooking time. 

* Stew Leonard’s in Norwalk, CT is a fabulous ‘destination’ grocery store and carries all varieties of Dorot frozen ‘cubes’.  Plus, they have enough free samples scattered around the store to make a small meal, entertainment for the kids including live animals, and free ice cream if you spend over $100 in groceries (which is easy to do)!

Click here for more information about Tracy’s Connecticut cooking classes, or to read her The Secret Ingredient Blog.


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