Question: I am not sure how to use fresh ginger in cooking. Should I peel it before using?
Ginger is a plant from tropical and subtropical regions. It is grown for its root, which is the part you buy in the shop.
Much of the flavour of ginger is just under the skin, so if you an avoid peeling it before using then that is better. The best way to do so is to scrape the skin with a teaspoon rather than using a vegetable peeler (however, you may find using a peeler is easier).
Ginger can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes and goes well with a number of other flavours. It is fantastic with white fish, in Asian recipes and stir-fries, as well as steeped in boiling water to make a soothing tea.
Thinly scrape off the outer skin then grate, or cut into matchstick-size pieces, for a more intense flavour. Only a little is required, usually a 2cm or 3cm piece, grated, is enough ginger for a recipe
Ground ginger, also known as powdered ginger, is used as a flavouring in cakes, pies and puddings but cannot be substituted for ginger.