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How to peel and store fresh ginger

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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.
 
 
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Step 2: Cut off any shriveled ends

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Sometimes these can be too tough for the spoon to make quick work of!

Step 3: Peel the ginger with the spoon

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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

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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.
manicmonday7 months ago
Or at least the history of the kitchen!!! ;0)
jocasti8 months ago
Thanks for sharing!
snoop91110 months 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!
ynze10 months ago
Tell me, where did you get that apron? I really NEED one!
Renee!10 months 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?
wazzup10510 months 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).
steelchef10 months 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.
Foojay10 months ago
Excellent, thank you.
mole111 months 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 mole110 months 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' ..

Pat_Maroney11 months ago
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 :)
Kiteman11 months ago
Could you grate before freezing, then you can simply add a pinch whenever you need to?
jessyratfink (author)  Kiteman11 months 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?
dufferbro11 months ago
Great tip. Thanks!
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