I usually buy a large hunk of fresh ginger then will cut it into thumb size chunks, wrap the chunks in paper towel and freeze them in a ziploc bag. Whenever I need a bit for a recipe it’s as good as fresh and actually easier to peel and slice or grate when frozen.
But for ginger prepared in fancy ways ~ ways that I hope to try making myself very soon ~ I turn to The Ginger People!
Their crystallized ginger is wonderful, not too hot and not too sweet. They work great for an upset stomach or nausea, but I snack on a few pieces anytime because they are refreshing. Asian medicinal beliefs call ginger a balancing food, with dried ginger a bit more heating and fresh ginger more cooling. Maybe crystallized ginger is somewhere in neutral territory in that regard because it seems to sooth all types of my tummy issues.
For a great summer cocktail, ginger beer can be used with anything from rum to brandy ~ Grand Marnier and ginger beer is fabulous ~ and The Ginger People have you covered here as well.
For baking they offer crystallized ginger chips, pictured in the top photo, and provide a recipe for triple gingerbread that I’m eager to try. They also offer ginger soother with honey and lemon, a great little bottled beverage that can be picked up on the go at many health food and gourmet stores.