March 17, 2017

Making own ginger pickles - Raw food

"Gari" means pickled vinegary ginger in Japanese that you will see when you have sushi or other Japanese food at restaurant. It's a great refreshment for between meals, It is used to cleanse the palate between eating different pieces of sushi, or alternatively before or after the meal. Also a form of ginger, gari has minor anti-microbial properties, which may be useful when consuming raw food.

To make Gari, now is the great season for New Zealand. 

Young (fresh - pale yellow) gari is suitable for making the type of pickle, as it won't make tough fibres and the bitterness. When is really fresh, you can achieve the beautiful pale pink for the pickling process...Only very young ginger will develop the slight pink tint. Many brands of commercially produced gari are artificially colored pink, either to intensify the color or because the ginger used is too mature to turn pink upon pickling. 

Using Japanese red basil leaves will help adding more colour as well as great flavour.

When you can't get the fresh ginger you can cook with boiling water for a bit to make soften which soften the bitterness as well. so I recommend it. 


Raw food version 

Fresh ginger (Fijian ginger)  - 1 cup

*Umeboshi (plum) vinegar - 3tbsp

*Honey or maple syrup - 2tbsp

*Salt - 1/2 tsp

Dried seaweed stock - optional

1. Chop ginger thinly slices 

2. Mix all the *ingredients 

3. Add the sliced ginger at last

4. Store in the fridge with air-tight container.  


Cooked version

Fresh ginger - 1 cup

*Rice or Plum vinegar - 1/2 cup

*Honey or maple syrup - 1/4 cup

*Salt - 1,1/2 tsp

1. Chop the ginger thinly slices and soak in water in a bowl.

2. Mix all the *ingredients 

3. Put the sliced ginger into boiling water for about 30 sec.

4. Strain the water and mix with other while it's hot.

5. Store in the fridge with air-tight container.  

You can eat from next day ! 

This great recipe is from Migiwa Ozawa. Thank you so much for your contribution.


We will do Donabe demo at The Shelter tomorrow from 11am.

Hope you can come if you are in Auckland. we are going to serve the gari with rice then !