Ginger garlic paste is used in most Indian cooking, so it would be easy if we prepare and store it rather than peeling garlic and ginger every time you need for a dish. Moreover it is very economical and easy to make at home. Home made ginger garlic paste is fresh and do not have any preservatives. Let us learn how to prepare Ginger garlic paste at home.
Wash ginger, pat it dry and peel the skin. Cut it into cubes.
Peel garlic. Check out how to peel garlic easily. Take equal quantities of ginger and garlic.
Grind ginger and garlic with a little salt and a tablespoon of oil. (avoid adding water). You can add water if you will be using it within a few days.
Transfer the paste to an air tight glass container or bottle and store it in the refrigerator or freezer section.
Find tips below-
How to keep ginger garlic paste fresh for a long time?
Add a tsp of salt and a tbsp of oil to 1 cup of ginger garlic paste. Avoid using water to grind the paste.
Keep it in a glass jar with air tight lid in the freezer section of the refrigerator.
Avoid touching the paste with your hands while transferring it to a bottle. Use a dry spoon.
Avoid using wet spoon or keeping it at room temperature. Whenever you need ginger garlic paste, transfer it to the refrigerator section from the freezer and thaw. Take only needed amount of paste, then put it back in the freezer.
How to prevent ginger garlic paste from turning green ?
Mix a tsp of vinegar to the ginger garlic paste after grinding it and then store it. It helps to prevents it from turning green. I personally do not prefer adding vinegar to the paste.
Another tip is to mix 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder and a tsp salt to the ginger-garlic while grinding it. It helps to prevent discoloration.
Storage and Shelf Life
Store it in an air tight glass jar or air tight freezer safe container.
It stays fresh and flavorful for few days in the refrigerator and for 1-2 months in the freezer.
Note - As the paste has salt in it, remember to add less salt when preparing dishes using ginger garlic paste.
Salt and oil acts as a preservative. It helps it preserve the paste and keep it fresh for a longer period.
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