This past January I went to Kona, Hawaii to bring my parents home who were serving as missionaries for the past year. I know it was a rough trip, but some one had to do it. We went to the local farmers market where they were selling fresh ginger and turmeric EVERYWHERE. I bought a ton. 1) it was beautiful, 2)it was cheap. I was giddy. This ginger was beautiful and yellow without the gray stingy toughness that my local grocery store had all the time.I brought it home, wash and peel it. Then I chop the ginger and put in the freezer for future use. It freezes great and now I always have fresh ginger on hand. THEN I put the skin into my juicer (Omega 3…LOVE IT). I get a lot of fresh ginger juice. I pour the juice into ice cube trays, freeze then pop the frozen ginger cubes into a plastic bag. I now have fresh ginger and fresh ginger juice ready and waiting for me.
Have you noticed the fresh ginger in your local grocery store lately? The ginger in my favorite Asian market has been absolutely beautiful and the cost is $1.29 lb. I just can’t pass this up. Every time I’m shopping there I buy a bag full. I bring it home and go through the same process of chopping, juicing freezing. My husband told me not to buy anymore ginger. That was an unrealistic request. I must purchase all of the beautiful ginger I can find. Who knows how long it will last? Soon the ginger will be tough, stringy and gray. She who has the most ginger WINS!
I should mention that my son gave me his Omega 3 juicer (sucker). If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have been able to juice the skins so well.
You will need a boat load of fresh ginger, sugar, water, limes and a bit of mint which is optional, but you really shouldn’t omit it.
Peel the ginger. I just use a pairing knife and gently scrape the skin off.
Place the ginger into a medium size sauce pan.
Add 2 cups of water.
Place over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer.
Homemade Ginger Ale
Homemade ginger ale isn't as tricky as you'd think! You can perfect your tang and sweetness levels.
- 2 cups peeled and chopped fresh ginger
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 large bottle of sparkling water
- fresh limes
- fresh mint leaves
To make the Ginger syrup:
In a medium-size saucepan, heat the water and ginger until it reaches a low simmer. Simmer for five minutes. Remove from the heat and cover. Let stand for 1 hour.
After one hour, drain the juices through a fine mesh strainer. Discard the ginger pieces. Let cool then place in a jar and refrigerate.
To make the Ginger Ale:
In a tall glass, add 1 part lime juice (about 1/2 lime per glass), 2 parts ginger syrup, and 3 parts sparkling water. Stir to combine the liquids. Fill glass with ice. If desired, add fresh mint.
Adjust to your liking. I always end up adding more lime juice.