Ginger root is used as a cooking spice, and as an ingredient in natural health remedies. Folk remedies call for the use of ginger root to treat nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, colds, weight loss, rheumatoid arthritis and other ailments. There is not enough scientific evidence to confirm the use of ginger root for most of these health conditions, although, there is evidence to suggest that ginger root may be effective for low dose, short term use at relieving pregnancy related nausea, according to MedlinePlus. Dry ginger root to impart an earthy flavor to your favorite recipes, and to use as a secret weapon against nausea.
Rinse the ginger root in cold water to remove dirt and debris.
Remove the skin off the ginger root using a potato peeler.
Cut the ginger root into paper-thin slices, using a sharp knife or grate the ginger root, using a cheese grater.
Spread the sliced or grated ginger root in a single layer onto a baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet full of ginger root on your kitchen counter or outside in the sun if you live in a dry, sunny climate. Check and turn the pieces each day. Depending on the climate, and if the ginger root is in the sun, it can take anywhere from three days to upwards of a week to completely dry. Alternatively, for quicker drying, place the sliced or grated ginger root in a food dehydrator set to 95 degrees F. for one to three hours.
Store dried ginger root in an airtight container in a dry, cool and dark place. You can store dried ginger root as is, or grind in a coffee grinder or food processor to make powdered ginger root.
- MedlinePlus: Ginger (Zingiber officinale Roscoe)
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Ginger
- How to Dry Foods; Deanna DeLong; Sep. 5, 2006
- DehydratorBook: How To Dehydrate — Online Reference Guide