Instructables

How to peel and store fresh ginger

Featured
Picture of how to peel and store fresh ginger
I love fresh ginger - I like to make sure I have it on hand at all times. I use it for baking, cooking and drinks. :D

But you know how you tend to buy it, forget about it, and then find it dehrydated, slightly moldy and shriveled two months later in the crisper drawer? Well, NO LONGER! 

I've got a much better and way to store fresh ginger now. Plus, I'll show you how to peel fresh ginger really easily.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 2: Cut off any shriveled ends

Picture of cut off any shriveled ends
Sometimes these can be too tough for the spoon to make quick work of!

Step 3: Peel the ginger with the spoon

Picture of peel the ginger with the spoon
IMG_0187.JPG
A spoon is really the best way to peel ginger! It allows you to take off JUST the skin, and you can also get into all the small nooks and crannies with it, allowing you to save more of the ginger.

Just scrape it along with a little force. This might be one of my favorite kitchen tricks in the history of the world.

Step 4: Freezing and how to use it later

Picture of freezing and how to use it later
Pop it in a ziploc bag, press out the air and seal it. Now you're good to throw it in the freezer.

Whenever you need to use it later, pull it out and grate it into whatever you want! You can also cut it with a knife when it's frozen too, but it's a little trickier.

I've been doing this for months now and I love it. It's so wonderful to have the ginger all prepped and ready to go.
abritsas3 days ago
I love it! I did this and I am glad that I will never again be in need of ginger! Plus, I won't have to waste it anymore, I never use it before it goes bad.
I was taught by a chef to use the dull edge of a knife to peel ginger, but I like your way of using a spoon much better! Much safer!
temp_1842817885.jpg
Or at least the history of the kitchen!!! ;0)
jocasti1 year ago
Thanks for sharing!
snoop9111 year ago
Is the peeling help preserve it longer? You'd think with the skin it might last longer, no?

Unless it has white fungus growing on it, the ginger in my fridge tastes/juices fine, despite looking quite shriveled from being in there over a month!
ynze1 year ago
Tell me, where did you get that apron? I really NEED one!
Renee!1 year ago
Awesome! I've been struggling with having fresh ginger on hand. This will be very helpful. Do you know about how long it will last in the freezer?
wazzup1051 year ago
Somebody told me a shortcut once. I just keep it in a bag in the freezer and grate it with the skin when it is still frozen. Works for me. You can keep ginger that way "indefinitely" plus you get some extra fiber which you don't even notice in most recipes (well drinks and clear soups might be an exception).
steelchef1 year ago
Good Post! We've been doing this for years and I'd like to add that grating frozen ginger is a bonus. It grates easily and you don't get all those strings, It also thaws quickly so within 20 minutes can easily be sliced.
Foojay1 year ago
Excellent, thank you.
mole11 year ago
Thanks for the spoon peeling idea!
For storage, you can also keep peeled ginger under white vinegar in the fridge... keeps for months (possibly years, but mine gets eaten too soon to know) And there is a bonus of pink ginger flavored vinegar to use whenever a little extra zip is wanted. A jar with a plastic lid works best so the vinegar doesn't corrode it.
tkjtkj mole11 year ago
peeled ginger + white vinegar . .. cool! I wonder if more complex flavors might evolve were the vinegar either apple-type or with other herbs .. Not for the resulting 'easier to use ginger' but rather for a more interesting vinegar (which is an essential ingredient for Asian cooking ... Think: hot and sour soup!)

Thanks for this great instructable too and for your 'mod' ...
'Keeping the Sharing Alive' ..

I've been a cook for many years, this is one of my favorite tricks as well! Also a reason why a spoon made a place among my knives in my knife bag!
It works sooo amazingly well :)
Kiteman1 year ago
Could you grate before freezing, then you can simply add a pinch whenever you need to?
jessyratfink (author)  Kiteman1 year ago
It tends to clump together pretty badly, honestly. But I bet you could do it with a lot of patience.

I think if you grated it, spread it out on parchment paper and put it in the freezer and let it freeze like that, you could put it in a container after and have smaller lumps. :)
Oh, you could grate it into LN2 on an ice cewam night?
dufferbro1 year ago
Great tip. Thanks!