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How much Chopped or Diced is in a Ginger Root?

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Many recipes will call for "1 tablespoon of chopped ginger" or "1 inch of ginger diced” but it is not always obvious to determine actually how much ginger in a …. In order to help make cooking easier we did some experiments to help tell you exactly how much ginger you need to buy.

Fresh ginger is used after removing the skin with a vegetable peeler. Then depending on the end result desired, the ginger can be diced with a knife, grated with a coarse cheese grater, or sliced thinly with a mandoline.

To answer How much ginger in a… we went to the grocery store to check out the fresh spices section. After surveying the selection we discovered that if you weigh 5 different 1 inch pieces of ginger, the weight varies depending on the diameter of the ginger selected. And in turn it can make an even more significant difference in the flavor of your food! Sometimes it is easier when shopping by weight; you tend to get the same amount every time. We decided to use a 2 ounce (56.7 grams) piece of ginger for our tests.

A 1 inch piece of raw ginger with a 1 inch diameter yields about 1.1 tablespoons chopped weighing .26 ounce. A piece measuring a little less than 4 inches, will weigh 1 ounce (28.3 grams) and measure about ¼ cup when sliced. One whole cup of chopped ginger will weigh about 4 ounces. And for cooking large quantities, 1 pound of fresh sliced ginger will yield about 3 cups.

Did you know that ginger is a knobby fibrous root with smooth light brown skin and white flesh inside that grows in tropical countries. It can be used fresh, sliced, chopped or grated, or it can be dried and ground. Both fresh and dried ginger will have a sweet hot flavor; but fresh also exhibits bright citrus notes. A whole root of ginger, with several pieces attached together is called "the hand." The little pieces that make it up are called "the fingers." And finally, Queen Elizabeth I is credited with the idea of gingerbread man cookies. She had hard ginger cookies decorated with gold leaf and icing to resemble the dignitaries visiting her court.

Next time your recipe calls for a cup of grated, sliced or chopped ginger you’ll know how much to purchase at the store. You can also use our conversion tool below for any custom how much ginger in a..." measurements you need. If you use a lot of ginger in your cooking and baking you should look into getting a good vegetable peeler to greatly speed up the preparation process. I feel confident recommending the OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler since I use it all the time at home! If you have never used one, a mandoline is a great kitchen tool that makes cutting vegetables easier. I recommend the Mandoline Slicer with stainless steel blades for making quick work of prep time. Both of these handy kitchen gadgets are slick to use and inexpensive!

Custom Conversions for Ginger Root

One Ginger Root Equals

  • There is 5 Tablespoons (74 mls) of Chopped Ginger in a Ginger Root
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