Ginger is a common herb that has a familiar, tangy taste and aroma. It is often dried and powdered and used as a spice in cooking and baking. You can also find dried, candied ginger in some types of sweets. Ginger is known for its affects on stomach ailments such as nausea, morning sickness, colic, gas and diarrhea. For this reason, it is often used as a tonic and added to foods that contain cabbage, cauliflower and other gas-producing ingredients. Keep dried ginger on hand for use in a variety of dishes.
Add dried, powdered ginger to stews, soups, curries, casseroles and other dishes. It is best to add this finely powdered spice ingredient when the dish is almost completed so you don’t overcook it and it loses its flavor as a result. If you are making something that is quite dry, dissolve the ginger powder in warm water or another liquid to make sure it gets evenly distributed in the dish.
Use dried, sugared ginger pieces in baked or cooked desserts. Cut the candied ginger into small pieces and combine them with fresh or dried fruit to make stewed fruits, apple crumble, fruit cakes, gingerbread or puddings. You can also use it to spice up homemade pancakes and waffles.