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The $3 Trader Joe’s Freezer-Section Find I Always Have on Hand

published Jun 17, 2022
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There are those items in your fridge or pantry that are just always there for you. Maybe it’s a box of your favorite childhood cereal or a can of nostalgic soup. For me, it’s the frozen crushed ginger cubes from Trader Joe’s. No, I don’t eat them straight-up, but don’t tempt me. I just might. I keep a pack of these cubes in my freezer at all times. They are my secret weapon, the wind in my sails — and they make me look pretty impressive at dinner parties too. 

Credit: Mackenzie Filson

Dorot Gardens Crushed Ginger, $2.49 for 2.5 ounces

My first experience with them involved simply not wanting to peel fresh ginger by hand. I’m a spice fanatic, so I am always seeking out ways to add a quick, nose-clearing bit of spice to a curry — and when it means I won’t run the risk of losing a digit? I’m going to take that opportunity over peeling and chopping by hand any day. 

Since then, I’ve used these cubes as an addition to regular chicken soup recipes, stir-fries, and curries. I’ve even been known to thaw some and add them to fresh juice, marinades, and salad dressings. But my favorite use is making a quick drink for those days when my stomach isn’t having it. Adding a cube to my hot water and sliced lemon combo produces a veritable hug in a cup and settles my stomach in no time.

When you’re at Trader Joe’s next time, absolutely pick these up, but please do save a few of them for me? I’d really appreciate it.

What’s your go-to grocery shortcut from Trader Joe’s? Tell us in the comments below.