Juicing has taken off as a health trend, and everything from apples to cucumbers and even carrots can be juiced! One of my favorite juices comes from fresh ginger root, a powerhouse healthy ingredient. Read on for our favorite ginger juice recipe, and a guide to the potential benefits of ginger juice.
What Is Ginger Juice?
Ginger juice is made from the liquid content of fresh ginger root. It’s made by juicing grated fresh ginger. You can drink it (more on that below), or use it in recipes that call for fresh ginger.
The Ginger Juice Benefits You Should Know
Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial qualities, which may offer a variety of health benefits:
- Ease digestion
- Calm motion sickness or nausea
- Ward off colds and sickness, and ease symptoms like congestion
- May calm headaches or joint pain
- Freshen breath
How Do You Clean Ginger for Juicing?
Be sure to completely peel away the skin. Some cooks swear by using a spoon to easily scoop away the peel from the irregular nooks and crannies of a ginger root.
How to Make Ginger Juice
- A few pieces of fresh ginger root, peeled
Step 1: Grate the ginger root
Using a fine grater, like a microplane zester, shred a few large pieces of ginger.
Step 2: Squeeze
Place the grated ginger into a cheesecloth and give it a good squeeze into a bowl, much as you’d squeeze a lemon for juice. If your ginger is nice and fresh, plenty of juice will drip out.
You can also press pieces of fresh ginger into a garlic press to extract juice.
Step 3: Enjoy!
You can drink your ginger juice directly, or add honey to balance the flavor. If the ginger is too spicy for you, try diluting it with water; hot water turns the ginger concentrate into a tasty tea.