Pre-minced garlic or ginger in the jar... what's the word?
I've cut so much garlic lately, that I've considered trying the store-bought minced stuff.
What's the deal? Does it taste as spineless as I imagine? Is it full of preservatives? Is there a big grange of quality by brand -- any recommendations or warnings?
In a pinch I have also used Priya Brand ginger and garlic paste. It isn't atrocious. It isn't great. Fresh is just much better. The word is: acrid.
An alternative is next time you are doing fresh ginger and garlic paste, whiz a large quanitity in your food chopper with a little water, a little salt, and a drop of oil. This will keep well in the fridge for 2 weeks or so, and freezes well so you could freeze it in small portions.
I do not really like jarred garlic, but I always keep this frozen garlic in my freezer and use it often. I have bought the frozen ginger but it is harder to find and I don't go out of my way to look for it.
I have used this minced ginger and I think it's fine.
What it comes down to for me is that sometimes (depending on the situation), I just like to make my life a little bit easier.