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Pureed Fresh Ginger

  • Difficulty: easy
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Time to toss the grater, folks!  This is the fastest and easiest way to process ginger.


3 cups of fresh ginger root


  1. Wash (no need to peel) and cut 2-3 cups of fresh ginger root.
  2. Place into Vitamix container and secure lid.
  3. Select Variable 1 and turn machine on.
  4. Quickly increase speed to variable 10, then High.
  5. Using the tamper, press the ginger into the blades and blend for 1-2 minutes or until completely smooth.

Food Tip:  As most of us know, ginger root makes an excellent tea and seasoning for a wide variety of dishes.  When using it in tea, make sure to stir occasionally.  Mixed in, the particles go unnoticed. But, if you leave it sitting and then drink it, you will find that the particles settle to the bottom making your last sip pretty grainy.

Time Tip: Freeze ginger puree in “mini cube” ice cube trays and store them in labeled freezer bags.  Each cube is about 1/2 teaspoon so there no guessing when it comes to measurements.  Don’t bother peeling it.  The Vitamix is powerful enough to blend the root and the skin so smooth that there are no fibrous strands in the puree.  Plan ahead and keep some on hand in the refrigerator for easy mixing.

Money Tip:  I looked up Ginger puree on line and it was going for $9 a pound.  Fresh ginger root runs about $6-7 .  Because of its strong flavor, only a small amount is needed.  Keeping it in the freezer means less waste in the refrigerator and the convenient cubes are ready when you are.

Chopped Olives


1 15oz can of whole olives (drained)

1. Select Variable 2.
2. Turn machine on, remove the lid plug and slowly pour the olive through the lid.
3. Blend 3-5 seconds or until all of the olives are evenly chopped.

Food tip: You can adjust the variable speed up or down 1 speed at a time to get the desired texture. This technique also works well for chopping whole Jalapeno peppers. Split them lengthwise and remove the seeds by scraping them off with a spoon then cut the peppers in thirds before dropping them through the lid.

Time Tip: Chopping a whole can of olives by hand can take up to 10 minutes (I know. I’ve done it). Using the Vitamix it takes about 10 seconds and that’s counting opening and draining the olives!

Money Tip: When I’m chopping large quantities for my Nine Layer Bean Dip (you’ll find the recipe in the dip category here in my blog), I buy a 33oz bag of sliced olives.