Video:Make Pickled Sushi Gingerwith Jonathon Stewart
Bring home the amazing flavors of your favorite sushi joint with easy-to-prepare pickled sushi ginger, also known as "gari."See Transcript
Transcript:Make Pickled Sushi GingerHi! I'm Jonathon Stewart for About.com Food with today's 90 Second Quick Tip. Are you into making fancy sushi dishes and exotic hand rolls? Well if you are, invite me over for dinner because you've clearly got mad skills with fresh fish and a knife. But if you're looking to make that delicious ginger you get with your spicy tuna roll at your favorite sushi counter, that's where I can help you out today. Check it out.
Remove the Ginger SkinGinger has a millennia-long history as an herb with medicinal and culinary value. Start by selecting a good-sized root with smooth skin and as few twists and joints as possible. Remove the skin with a vegetable peeler or sharp knife until all you've got left is the yellow "meat" of the ginger.
Why Eat Ginger With Sushi?Ginger is served with sushi for a couple reasons: one, it clears the palate in between bites of fish, and two, it also helps to stimulate digestion. Some people claim it might also ease sore throats, headaches, nausea, ulcerative colitis, menstrual and arthritis pains, and fevers and aches from colds and the flu. I just think it's yummy.
Prepare the GingerSlice your ginger with a kitchen knife as thinly as possible, then dump it in a small pan of boiling, salted water for about three minutes.
Make a Pickled Ginger MarinadeIn a small bowl off to the side, mix together equal amounts of honey and rice vinegar, and sprinkle in a little sea salt. The volume of the mixture should be big enough to allow the ginger to soak in it.
Refrigerate the Pickled GingerWhen the time is up on your boiling ginger, remove it from the heat, strain, and let it cool for just a few minutes. Drop your ginger into the mixture and let it marinate in the fridge, ideally for about three to five days. (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday?!) Once your pickled sushi ginger, or "gari" is finally ready, you'll taste that it was well worth the wait. Mmm, yeah. Definitely worth the wait...
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