Stored ginger can last for many months if properly stored, one of the best ways to preserve fresh ginger is to store it in the refrigerator. Ginger can be stored peeled, unpeeled,grated, diced or minced in a resealable plastic bag; if you want your ginger to last for a few weeks or even a few months then you need to know how to store ginger in the freezer and refrigerator properly.
Maybe you may have bought a big chunk of fresh ginger root in the past and then used only an inch of it in your sauce recipes and because you did not preserved it properly, the rest of the ginger dried up or formed mold before you could know. Here are some tips for you to store your fresh ginger for a longer time this time around. Ginger is one of the most used spices in our kitchen, you can use it to spice up your smoothies, cakes, teas and sauces and it can last longer when stored well. Before storing ginger root, you have to make sure you choose the very fresh root, avoid wrinkled, wet or moldy ginger because they will get rotten in time. You can store fresh ginger in the fridge if you want to use it immediately or soon, this can last longer in the fridge for 2-3 weeks, but if your aren’t going to use it anytime soon it is best you store the ginger in the freezer for it to last longer.
Here are some simple tips on how to store fresh ginger longer.
- Store the fresh ginger root in a resealable bag with the air pushed out
- Storing offresh ginger after cutting
- Storing ofgrated or minced ginger in an airtight container
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Tip 1: Store the fresh ginger root in a resealable bag with the air pushed out
Get a zip lock bag, dump your unpeeled fresh ginger root into it and zip it up. Push some of the air out, place the ginger in the freezer if you are not using it immediately or in the vegetable compartment if using very soon. This can stay fresh for three months using this method. You dont have to peel the ginger as it is very easy to peel once it is frozen.
Tip 2:How to store fresh ginger after cutting
Cut the ginger root into approximately 1-inch chunks. If your gingerhas water, be sure to pat it dry with a paper towel beforestoring. Place the cut ginger in a plastic bag or a container with a fitted cover and place in the freezer. You can take out only as many pieces as you need at a time.
Tip 3: Store grated or minced ginger in an airtight container
If you are the type that is always in a haste and doesn’t like wasting much time in the kitchen consider grating your fresh ginger and then store in an airtight container for up to 4 months in the freezer. All you need to do is to peel the amount of ginger you are going to use within 2-4 months and then grate it into a smooth paste using a grater. Place the grated ginger in an airtight container and place it in the freezer to become frozen. You can place the ginger in a tray that has parchment, and keep it in the refrigerator until completely frozen, before transferring into an airtight container and then to the freezer. This will make it easy to take out the amount you want to use every time you need it.