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How to Store Ginger

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.

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 temperaure

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.

2. Refrigerater

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.

3. Freezer

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.

Here are a few post on how to cut ginger and how to peel ginger that you will want to check out!

Properly store your ginger to keep it from going bad. Freezing peeled one inch pieces ensures that your ginger will last you years.

Also, keeping it stored in the fridge will keep your ginger from going bad for up to a month. Make sure to keep the skin on the gingerroot when you are storing it in the refrigerator to help keep it fresh longer.

Yes, ginger can be store at room temperature. Because ginger has a thicker skin on it is can last longer than some fruits or vegetables left out.

When you leave ginger left out at room temperature you will want to use it within a weeks time. If you don’t think you will be able to use it up that quickly than I would recommend refrigerating or freezing it.

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How to store ginger

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Depending on how quickly you go through ginger will determine how you will want to store ginger. Follow along for the 3 best ways to store ginger to make it last.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
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Total Time 5 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 6 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ginger

Instructions
 

Room temperature

  • Ginger stored at room temperature should be stored in a cool, dark and dry environment. Ginger left out will last about a week before it will start to rot or possibly grow mold.

Refrigerator

  • Storing ginger in the refrigerator will allow for it to last you upwards of a month. You will want to keep the peel on and store it in an air tight container such as a baggie or tightly wrapped in saran wrap.
    The crisper draw is the best place for it as it keep out the moisture and keeps the ginger nice and firm for a longer period.

Freezer

  • When you store ginger in the freezer it can last you almost indefinitely. Its recommended that you store it in an air tight container or baggies to prevent moisture and freezer burn.
    Store the whole piece of ginger or you can also peel and cut it up into one inch pieces, which make it nice and easy to grab out what you need for your recipe.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 6kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
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