Ginger Juice (Recipe and Benefits)
Ginger juice is a wonderful addition to recipes or as a wellness elixir. Today I’ll show you how to juice ginger with and without a juicer, and go over some of its health benefits.
Ginger can be consumed in a variety of forms – fresh, extracts, powder, or tea. I use it all the time to make extra flavorful dishes, especially those that are Asian-inspired, like Thai Peanut Sauce, Carrot Ginger Soup, Asian Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing, and more.
Another option for reaping the benefits of ginger is in juice form. Ginger juice is made from compressing the liquid from ginger root. When you find yourself with extra fresh ginger, try juicing it! You can even freeze the juice for later. Let me show you how.
Ginger Juice Benefits
Ginger is a flowering plant native to Southeast Asia. It is considered one of the healthiest spices in the world. The root of the ginger plant has long been used as a remedy in traditional medicine. I asked registered dietitian Allison Lansman, RDN, LD to fill us in on some of the top ginger juice benefits.
The beneficial compounds, minerals, vitamins, and minerals add up to a plethora of health benefits, including:
1. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
Ginger root excretes an oleoresin that contains a plethora of 14 bioactive compounds, including the main compound in ginger – -gingerol. This compound provides remarkable anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidants properties. Allowing ginger to prevent chronic age-related oxidative stress markers and DNA damage.
2. Boosting immune function
The ability of ginger to prevent chronic inflammation and oxidative damage improves the overall function of the immune system. The spice can enhance the immune system response to invading pathogens and prevent infection, reducing rates of illness.
3. Easing nausea and indigestion
Ginger has long been associated with its ability to calm an upset stomach. Compounds in ginger – including 6-shogaol – have been shown to ease nausea by slowing the stomach emptying rate and supporting hormone release to ease digestive upset.
How to Juice Ginger with a Juicer
Ginger root often comes in a 3-oz. bag. You can find it at most grocery stores. This amount will yield about 2 1/2 tablespoons of juice if it is quite fresh. Older ginger may only yield one tablespoon of juice, so it’s best to juice your ginger as soon as possible after purchase.
Do you have to peel ginger before juicing?
You don’t have to peel the ginger root, though I recommend you do. The skin can affect the flavor and makes the juice more difficult to extract. I give my ginger a quick peel with a vegetable peeler before adding to the juicer, but don’t worry about removing every last piece – the juicer will do that.
How to Make Ginger Juice with a Blender
You don’t actually need a juicer to make juice. A good blender works too, you’ll just need to add water and strain the solids.
Peel the ginger and give it a rough chop. Add to the blender along with a cup of filtered water. Blend until smooth, then strain with a piece of cheesecloth or a fine-mesh sieve. Keep in mind that this method will result in diluted, rather than 100% pure juice.
How to Make Ginger Juice without a Juicer or Blender
Don’t have a juicer or just don’t want to get the clunky thing out? Let me show you how to juice ginger without a juicer. It couldn’t be simpler.
Step 1: Peel the ginger
A vegetable peeler works best, but you can use a spoon to scrape off the skin in a pinch.
Step 2: Grate the ginger
A Microplane is the best tool for the job, though a box grater or garlic press will also work.
Grate the peeled ginger into a small bowl doubled-lined with cheesecloth.
A 3 oz. piece of ginger root will yield about 1/3 cup of grated ginger.
Pick up the cheesecloth with the grated ginger inside and squeeze all of the liquid out into a small jar. You should get about 2 1/2 tablespoons of juice if your ginger is fresh.
- The fresh juice will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
- To freeze, pour the juice into an ice cube tray and freeze.
How to Use Ginger Juice
Add all the flavor and health benefits of this fantastic root to your daily routine by:
- Serving warm with lemon, hot water, and maple syrup
- Add to a smoothie
- Take a ginger shot
- Try some ginger kombucha
- Make a spicy cocktail or mocktail
- Add to soups
- Spice up infused waters
- Make a detox drink
- Toss into marinades like this Baked Tofu with Ginger Glaze
- Make ginger lemonade
- 3 oz. fresh ginger root
Juicer Ginger Juice
- Peel the ginger root with a vegetable peeler or spoon. You can juice unpeeled ginger in a juicer, though I prefer to remove most of the skin, as it can affect the flavor, and make juicing more difficult.
- Cut into a few large chunks and juice according to your manufacturer's instructions.
Blender Ginger Juice
- Peel the ginger root with a vegetable peeler or spoon. Roughly chop the ginger and add to a blender. Add 1 cup of filtered water. Blend until smooth.
- Set a piece of cheesecloth over a bowl or jar and strain the juice through the cloth.
Ginger Juice without a Juicer
- Peel the ginger root with a vegetable peeler or spoon.
- Set a piece of cheesecloth, doubled, over a small bowl.
- Use a Microplane grater to grate all of the ginger into the cheesecloth-lined bowl. You will have about 1/3 cup of grated ginger.
- Pick up the cheesecloth and squeeze the juice from the solids into a bowl or other small jar.
Depending on how fresh your ginger is, you'll get about 2 ½ tablespoons of juice from 3 oz. ginger. Be sure to buy several pieces of ginger if you'd like to make a larger amount of juice to freeze for later.
Ginger juice lasts in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
To freeze ginger juice, pour into an ice cube tray and freeze completely. Remove and transfer to a freezer bag if you'd like. Frozen ginger juice cubes can be added to smoothies or stir fry from frozen, or thawed for other drinks.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 2.5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 34Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
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