Here are some tips on how to store ginger to make it last for more recipes to come.
Ginger is a great ingredient to have on hand to spice things up a little. When it comes to ginger a little goes a long way as far as flavor goes, so you want to store it correctly to make it last.
How you store ginger is important for making it last. Fresh ginger that is stored properly can last you upwards of a month.
There are multiple ways to store ginger. You can store ginger in room temperature or is the refrigerator in an air tight container with skin still on for the longest shelf life of the ginger. After you peel the ginger it will not store as long.
3 Best ways to store ginger
When fresh ginger is stored correctly you can make it last anywhere from a week to years. If you have used ginger you know that its comes in a all shapes and sizes.
When you are buying ginger you want to look for a knobby piece that has a smooth light brown skin, firm, and feels heavier than it looks like it would for its size. It will also have a strong fragrance if it’s fresh.
Make sure that the skin isn’t wrinkly as this is a sign that it has probably been sitting for a while and is drying out. Also, look and make sure that the skin is on the thinner side.
If you take your nail to the skin of the ginger you should be able to give it a little knick and cut through the skin to the yellowish ginger inside.
1. Room temperature
You can leave fresh ginger out for about a week before you notice it starting to get soft and spongy. This is a sign that it is starting to rot. The best place for it is in a cool, dark, and dry environment.
If you go through a lot of ginger this is fine. Most people won’t go through a whole root knob in a week so this isn’t the most popular or advisable way to store ginger.
Ginger will last in the fridge for about a month if it is unpeeled. Storing ginger in a tightly sealed container, a Ziploc bag, or even wrapped well in saran wrap will keep it fresh much longer than at room temperature.
The crisping drawer in your refrigerator is the best place for it as it will keep the moisture away from the ginger and help keep it fresh and firm.
This is the best way to keep ginger if it takes you a little while to get through it. It will preserve the flavor and freshness that you want in your dishes.
Properly stored ginger will last you just about indefinitely in the freezer. This is great for anyone that uses a ton of ginger or for someone that only uses it a couple of times a year.
Either store the whole root in the freezer or cut it up a head of time into one inches pieces so that you can grab just what your recipe calls for.
You’ll want peel your precut pieces of ginger before you freeze them. This way you can grab out what you need and grate it easily with a Microplane to incorporate it into your recipe.