How to Make Dehydrated Ginger Powder + 13 Ways to Use It

An easy way to make homemade ginger powder with fresh ginger, perfect for adding to your recipes, for steeping ginger tea and more.

Ginger is all the rage, from making homemade ginger chips to homemade ginger juice, and now homemade ginger powder. Today we are learning a method to dry and make ginger powder from fresh ginger.

The scent, flavor and overall quality of this freshly ground ginger powder is amazing. You will surely not buy it in the future, you will prefer to make them yourself. But anyway, give it a try and see what you think!

The resulting fragrant and tangy powdered ginger can be used in place of store-bought powdered ginger in a wide variety of recipes such as stir-fries, baking, spice blends, and as a general seasoning for fruits and vegetables and a multitude of dishes. . You can also use the powder to make homemade powdered ginger tea.

Powdered ginger.

Dry the ginger.

The first thing to do is peel the ginger. You can do it incredibly quickly with just a spoon, using this method.

Next, cut the ginger into very thin slices, the thinner the better.

If the strips are thin and uniform, the dehydration process will be faster and more homogeneous, since the pieces are uniform.

Next, line up the thin strips on a cookie sheet or dehydrating tray, making sure the strips don’t overlap.

Dehydrator drying:

I think using a dehydrator is the best method because it completely removes all of the liquid content without overheating or “cooking” the food. This means you’ll likely get higher nutritional value than oven-drying, without having to wait days like the air-drying method.

Simply dehydrate at 40°C for about 4-5 hours.

Oven drying:

When using an oven, it’s best to use the lowest temperature possible to prevent the ginger from burning or cooking. It dries at 80°C and needs about 2.5 hours to dry. For best results, place the baking sheet on the lowest rack.

If your oven doesn’t go that low, you can open the door slightly. This helps the evaporated liquid leave the oven and lowers the temperature.

Check the ginger every 20 minutes or so to make sure it’s not browning. Depending on your oven and the thickness of the ginger slices, this may take more or less time.

Grind the dry ginger.

Place the dried ginger slices in a coffee grinder or food processor/blender.

Grind the dried ginger into a powder.

It is best to strain the powder to collect the larger pieces, which can then be ground again.

Ground ginger powder is very fine and will keep for about 6 months in an airtight glass jar. You can also store it in the freezer for longer, around 12 months or more.

What is ginger powder used for?

If you have blood pressure problems, bleeding disorders, or are taking blood thinners or other similar medications, consult your healthcare practitioner before using too much ginger in therapeutic doses. Nothing in this article or on this site should be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your health and before starting any herbal treatment.

ginger tea

Ginger tea is easy to prepare. Measure 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger into a cup and pour over 1 cup boiling water.

Cover with a saucer and let stand until cool enough to drink before straining.

Sweeten to taste. The dose for children: 1/4 cup every two to three hours and try not to take more than 1 or 2 cups total per day.

Ginger compress.

A compress is useful for painful joints, muscle tension or stomach pain.

Prepare an infusion, soak a piece of cloth or a towel in it until it is moist, strain it and immediately place it on the painful area.

Cover it with a towel, then a heating pad or hot water bottle, then another towel. Leave on for 20 minutes. Repeat the operation if necessary.

Ginger herb jelly.

If you’re using regular gelatin, lemon or orange are great flavors to mix with the ginger!

Cook a packet of gelatin as you normally do, but replace the water with orange juice in the recipe. When boiling the juice, add the cinnamon and ginger (be careful with ginger, sometimes it stings when boiled). Add the cold juice and follow the instructions on the gelatin packet.

Ginger candies.

Ginger candies are a delicious way to relieve the nausea that sometimes accompanies an upset stomach or travel.

To make the herbal candy, you will need 1 cup of brewed ginger tea (you can increase the amount of ginger if you want a stronger flavor) and 1 1/2 cups of sugar.

Mix well in a thick, deep saucepan. Boil over medium or medium-high heat, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 150 ºC.

Let stand and store for use in a glass jar.

Ginger drink.

It is a fun drink, especially for children.

Make a tea, like we did before, but use twice as much ginger.

So, the ratio will be 1/2 teaspoon of ginger per 1 cup of boiling water.

Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes to reduce it a bit, then let it sit for ten minutes before straining.

Add 2 teaspoons sugar/honey (adjust to taste), then slowly add up to 1/2 cup sparkling water.

Drink it straight away to preserve the fizz.

Ginger foot bath.

A ginger foot bath is invigorating. Helps warm up and energize the whole body by increasing circulation to the feet and legs.

Boil two liters of water and add up to two tablespoons of ginger powder and a pinch or two of sea salt (optional). For your first ginger foot bath, start with a small amount of ginger and work your way up. Soak your feet for ten to twenty minutes at a time.

ginger oil

Ginger oil can be rubbed on aching joints to help relieve some of the pain associated with arthritic conditions.

Another use is to put 2-3 drops on a piece of cotton or cotton ball and place it in a sore ear for several hours.

You can use it in the balms and ointments I make for sore muscles.

To make the oil, put several pinches or tablespoons of ground ginger in a small jar. Pour the olive oil over the spices. Shake well and leave to infuse for several weeks in a cool, dark place. Shake it every day so that the powder does not settle in a large mass at the bottom of the jar. After about four to six weeks, strain the oil and store it in a clean, dry jar with an airtight lid. If stored well, it will keep for a year.

Ginger balm.

Although you can use ginger oil directly, sometimes it’s more convenient to apply it as an ointment.

To make a balm with the oil you made earlier, weigh out 100 grams of ginger oil and 15 grams of beeswax (that’s 7 times more oil than beeswax). Mix them in a small heatproof jar, like a Jello jar. Place it in a saucepan with a few centimeters of water. Slowly heat the water over medium heat until the beeswax melts. Pour into small cans or glass jars. Let it sit, then cover it and store it in a cool, dark cupboard. Apply as needed. Homemade balms usually last about a year. They don’t go bad or moldy, but the oil eventually goes rancid.

Ginger capsules.

Ginger capsules are ideal to take just before a trip if you are prone to motion sickness.

They also come in handy when you’re feeling a little sick, exhausted, or your stomach is uneasy. You will need to look for encapsulation tools or reuse some supplement capsules that you have used and saved. You reopen them and fill them with ginger powder. So you have an easy-to-swallow pill size.

Tincture of ginger.

To make one, put a generous pinch or two of ground ginger in a small jar, then top it with vodka or brandy. (Chopped fresh ginger will work even better, but use what you have.) Cover and shake well, then store in a cool, dark place, like a cupboard. After about six weeks, strain and return the tincture to a sterilized jar. Label clearly with date and ingredients. It will keep for at least a year, but probably much longer.

A general dose for adults is 3 droppers, three times a day.

Ginger syrup.

Although there are several methods for making ginger syrup, we see an easy one using honey.

First, prepare a very strong tea. Use double the ginger or half the water when making your tea, experiment to find what works best for you, but this is a good place to start.

Next, measure out two to three times more honey than tea. It is recommended to use local raw honey, but use whatever you can find. While the tea is still hot, gently stir in the honey.

Once the ingredients are well mixed, pour them into a sterilized jar. Store it for about a month in the refrigerator. (Add several tablespoons of vodka or brandy to extend shelf life by several months.) Dosage: 1 tablespoon for adults up to 3 times daily as needed.

ginger liniment.

To make a liniment: put several pinches of ground ginger in a jar. Cover everything with rubbing alcohol (or you can also use vinegar) then put the cork or lid on the jar.

Let it sit in a closet for about two weeks, shaking it daily or whenever you remember.

After this time, strain and discard the ginger. Repackage the liniment in a bottle (preferably dark).

Be sure to clearly indicate that it is for external use and keep it out of the reach of children. If you’re worried about children coming into contact with it, use vinegar instead of rubbing alcohol. Rub into tight muscles and areas of arthritis pain.

Mixture of ginger and honey.

Finally, the last way to use ground ginger is the quickest and easiest.

Just put a tablespoon of honey in a small cup or bowl, add a small pinch of ginger, stir and eat! There is nothing simpler than that.

This blend is perfect for when you feel a little queasy, ate too much, or think you have a cold or the flu.

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