4 Ways To Use Leftover Ginger

Here are a few tips to put leftover ginger to good use—for no waste, but plenty of taste.

1. Make syrup

Ginger root makes a wonderful syrup, with a punchy flavour that works really well in cocktails, soft drinks and even smoothies. Simply bring equal amounts of sugar and water to a boil, add some freshly grated ginger, let the mixture steep for 10 minutes and then strain. Your syrup will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

2. Freeze it

Whole ginger root freezes well, and is actually easier to peel and grate when frozen beforehand. Plus, it will last for up to six months in a freezer bag. And because fall is prime time for soup, just pull it out when you want to have our cream of squash and roasted ginger soup on a cool autumn night.

3. Infuse it

There’s no recipe required for this tasty ginger tea:

  • 1 piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Infuse for 5 minutes
  • Remove the ginger and lemon

4. Pickled ginger

Pickled ginger is the ideal accompaniment for sushi. Make it yourself and impress the whole gang.