Ever buy a big piece of ginger, use part of it, refrigerate the rest, then not get back to it till it’s moldy? Yeah, me too.
Ginger molds quickly. Being that it’s not readily available in all markets, when I do get some fresh ginger this is what I now do with the leftover. Make pickled ginger sticks.
Peel the ginger, cut the tiny little nubs off and use for whatever you want to use them for, then cut into thin planks, then thin sticks.
Place the sticks in a jar and cover with vinegar. This time I used a red wine vinegar; maybe next time I won’t have any so I’ll use a different vinegar. Refrigerate. Mine kept a couple of months before it was gone – because I used it all. Beyond that I don’t know.
The first time I did this, I thought that perhaps the ginger would lose some its flavor by marinating in the vinegar. Not so. If anything the vinegar augments the flavor and the heat of the fresh ginger. It also maintains its crispness – another plus.
Use in salads, sauces and stir-fries.