How to Make Ginger Powder and Instant Ginger Tea (Salabat)

ginger-tea

Ginger has many health benefits. We usually consume it as tea or as spice and flavor. Some people consume it as is. They chew it like a candy!

Ginger health benefits
remedy for cold and flu
remedy for upset stomach and aids in digestion
improves blood flow
kill many intestinal parasites
can improve voice
stimulate respiratory and nervous system
cures morning sickness in pregnant women
breath freshener
relieves dizziness and motion sickness
help lower cholesterol
ease menstrual cramps

During peak season, preserve some ginger for later use.
It can be preserved by drying or processing into instant ginger tea and powder.

ginger-tea

Make Ginger Powder

1. Select good quality ginger and wash to remove soils and other foreign objects.
2. Cut into thin slices. Spread evenly in trays.
3. Dry under the sun or in oven under moderate heat or 70ÂșC.
4. If desired. Pulverize using blender or grinder.
5. Pack and seal tightly.

Make Instant Ginger Tea

1. Select good quality ginger and wash to remove soils and other foreign objects.
2. Cut into thin slices. Blend using waring blender or grind.
3. Extract the juice using cheesecloth. You may skip step two and use heavy duty juice extractor.
4. Add one cup sugar to every cup of ginger extract. The type of sugar to use depends on your preference except artificial sweetener.
5. Boil vigorously in high fire with continuous stirring to avoid scorching.
6. Switch to low fire when the solution thickens.
7. Start to test for the end point. Get small sample with a spoon and cool immediately. If the sample become hard and can be pulverized, the instant ginger tea is ready.
8. Keep on testing every 5 to 10 minutes. Overcooking will cause the sugar to caramelize and ruin product.
9. Pack in clean jar and seal tightly.

For those sugar haters. Dried ginger powder can also be use as tea but it needs brewing, brew it like coffee.

Do you have other ways on how to preserve ginger? Share it here!

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