ok, so I bought the ginger, now what?

United States
February 16, 2011 8:17pm CST
Hello fellow mylotters. I have acquired a taste for ginger tea. It has a nice bite and the spice is just right. So I decided to make my own, since I cannot find pure ginger herbal tea. It is mixed with lemon, and I would rather not have lemon. I bought a ginger root today, now I do not know what to do with it. Do I chop it in a chopper? How do I fix it now? Thank you very much for your help!
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Feb 11
I have found two kinds of ginger tea that I like in the organic section at my grocery store. This is one: http://www.amazon.com/Ginger-Tea-100-Root/dp/tags-on-product/B001FCPLKG and this is the other: http://www.buy.com/prod/yogi-organic-ginger-tea-6x16-bag/q/sellerid/31066226/loc/68687/218674266.html I prefer the Yogi. I wouldn't dare try and make it myself!
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• United States
18 Feb 11
Why not? Being the adventurous Cali girl you are. I made it tonite. Chopped some and put it in a jar, then poured boiling water over it. Added some native Mi honey to it to flavor it. Not bad. The hard part was figuring out how to strain it. I thought to use a coffee filter, but it just fell in with the ginger. I used a spoon strainer after 2 attempts with the coffee filter and that worked. If you don't mind chewing your tea, then don't strain.
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• India
18 Feb 11
You really are taking efforts to get it right! :) That's great! You could also try straining it through fine muslin cloth!
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@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
18 Feb 11
Call girl? lol
• India
17 Feb 11
Hi rosegardens, I often make ginger tea as I absolutely love it! You only have to wash and peel the ginger, and can grate it directly into the water that you are going to boil for tea. For strong taste, half an inch of ginger for a cup of tea and for a little lighet taste, use half of that! Let the water boil with ginger for a minute longer than usual so that the ginger juices seep in nicely and then strain and use. Another better option to have a ready mix would be to wash and peel ginger, a lot of it, then grate it and dry it thoroughly. Store the dry ginger in an airtight container and add it to you tea whenever required. Only take care that moisture doesn't get into it o it may spoil.
• United States
18 Feb 11
Thank you! I made some tonite, and poured more water into the container to let it steep some more in the fridge. How do you dry the ginger? Would you put it on a cookie sheet and let it set in the oven?
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• India
18 Feb 11
Glad that you tried it! I dry my ginger in the sun, it is more effective and does not take away the flavors. Just cover it with a thin piece of clean cotton cloth so that dust does not get in.
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• United States
18 Feb 11
I have cats, and if you know anything about them, they get into absolutely everything! I think I can not let it dry in the natural air. lol.
@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
17 Feb 11
I would be very interested in the replies to this one, I would think maybe you would have to put it in water and boil it so to speak ..maybe..Ginger is so good for you I would love to know how to make ginger tea...
• United States
18 Feb 11
Hi lilaclady! I chopped some ginger root and poured boiling water over it. Let it steep at least 10 minutes or so, then poured it into a cup. It is good. I also added some Michigan honey to flavor it and wake up the spice. Just a half a teaspoon. Didn't want to sweeten it, just flavor it a bit.
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@nympha687 (940)
• United States
17 Feb 11
It depends on the bite you want. If you want it stronger, you can blend it or if you just want the zesty tang to it, drop it into the boiling water for a minute then remove. Have fun drinking!
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• United States
18 Feb 11
It doesn't have the bite I was hoping for. I chopped it and poured boiling water over it, let it steep for 10 minutes and poured some in a mug. It is good, but just not what I wanted. I will still make it though. Thank you!
@yoyo1198 (3644)
• United States
17 Feb 11
First, you gotta peel the portion of the ginger root that you are going to use. Then for whatever the recipe calls for, you'll either be smashing it or chopping it. I think you'd do best with searching online for the specific recipe you want. Try using the myLot search bar for 'homemade ginger tea' and see what results you get. The myLot search bar will take you there.
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• United States
18 Feb 11
Thank you! I chopped some and poured boiling water over it. Turned out ok, not as good as store bought ready made, but it is drinkable!
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