Ginger As A Medicine...

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    First of all, with a ten month growth cycle, a lot of people "poo-poo" ginger as a useful herb in your SHTF garden. Ginger root offers you so many numerable health benefits, that it is definitely worth the wait! Want a list?
    • upset stomach
    • headaches
    • common cold
    • athlete's foot
    • arthritis pain management
    • menstral cramps
    So here's a tip:
    Ginger prefers rich, fertile soil. Soil rich in organic matter provides ginger with the nutrients it needs to produce flavorful, healthy rhizomes, without the need for additional fertilizers and amendments. ... Some ginger plants suffer tip rot, in which the tip of the rhizome begins to decay. Good, aerated soil will help combat this.
    ~ Start with a wide pot, because ginger roots grow horizontally. Make sure the soil is rich and aerated. Place a ginger root with the bud pointing up and then cover it with two inches (five centimeters) of soil. Water lightly. Keep it warm but out of direct sunlight.
     
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    GINGER BEER: (makes 2 liters)
    Ginger Syrup Ingredients
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
    Ginger Beer Ingredients
    • 1/8 tsp active dry yeast or brewer's yeast
    • Ginger syrup (ingredients above)
    • 3 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
    • 7 cups filtered water
    Peel a chunk of the ginger with the tip of a teaspoon—the papery skin scrapes right off—and grate it, using the fine side of your grater. Place the ginger, sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Turn off the heat and allow the mixture to steep for an hour.

    Strain the mixture (discard the ginger solids) and allow to cool.

    You’ve now made ginger syrup. Stop right here if you’re looking for a short-cut to ginger ale and you don’t want to mess around with the fermentation process. Pour three or four tablespoons (more or less depending upon how gingery you like it) of your syrup over ice and add 8 ounces of seltzer water or club soda. Bottle the rest of the syrup and store it in the refrigerator.

    For the full ginger beer experience, place a funnel in the top of the bottle. Sprinkle the yeast in, followed by the syrup, lemon juice, and water.

    Put the lid on the bottle and shake the concoction until the yeast is dissolved. Stow it on a shady shelf or in your pantry out of direct sunlight for 2-3 days, or until fizz is achieved. At this point it is ready to drink, and must be stored in the refrigerator to prevent further fermentation. Don't forget about the bottle, or the pressure will build up so much that it may explode!

    As with any yeast-powered beverage, the fermentation process continues unless you prevent it from happening. Refrigerating will slow the process down but not stop it completely, that's why it’s best to treat ginger beer as a perishable beverage. Consume within 1-2 weeks.

    CAUTION: be sure to open the bottle every day to release the extra gas, otherwise the bottle might explode and you’ll have a big mess on your hands! The photos in the blog post above were taken using a glass bottle. Please keep in mind that home brew is volatile in nature. If you will not be "on top" of releasing built up pressure as it ferments, we recommend using a plastic bottle instead. Note that as the beverage ferments, sediment will settle at the bottom of the bottle. You can strain it out if you wish.

    recipe by Sharon Biggs Waller
    view online at : https://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/the-old-fashioned-way-homemade-ginger-beer/
     
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    I love my ginger
     
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    Thanks Justin. I love ginger!

    Came across this video the other week (but haven't tried it myself). Don't know if it actually works, or whether there would be any damage to the teeth enamel though. Nonetheless, thought it was interesting.

     
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    YESYESYES!!! It might do damage from prolonged exposure, but 2 minutes a day should be adequate and safe!!!
     
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    Thanks Justin. I'll give it a go!
     
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