How to Store Ginger? Several Ways
Ginger is healthy, tasty and easy to use. Ginger can be used in tea, as a ginger shot or as fresh ginger in your dish. There are many options for which you can use ginger. Anyway, you cut off a piece of the ginger root and keep the rest to keep it fresh for a long time. How do you do that, storing ginger? That’s what this blog is about.
How to Store Ginger?
- Fresh ginger can be stored in the fruit bowl for 2 weeks.
- Ginger can be stored for 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
- Sliced or grated, can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
- You can also freeze it then it can be kept for 6 months.
- Ginger can be stored for 1.5 years after drying.
There are several ways to store ginger so that it stays fresh for a long time. Peeling and cutting ginger is an entirely different process. We have also written a blog about this ‘ How to Peel Ginger? tells you all about it. And for ginger tea, you can read this blog ‘ How to make ginger tea? ‘.
Prior to this blog, it is worth mentioning that ginger does not need to be peeled before use. It is possible but not necessary. The peel contains many vitamins and the peel is edible.
Storing Fresh Ginger
Ginger is the root of the ginger plant and it has a skin, which ensures that the ginger stays fresh. The older the ginger root, the thicker the skin.
Fresh, uncut ginger can be stored outside the refrigerator. If possible, store the ginger in a cool, dry place. These are difficult to find in most homes today, which is why they end up on the fruit bowl. You can also keep sliced ginger out of the fridge for a while. However, the cut piece will dry out and you should cut it off before using it in your dish.
Although you can store ginger outside of the refrigerator, the best place to store ginger is the refrigerator.
Store ginger in the fridge
The ginger is best kept in the refrigerator. Fresh ginger keeps the longest here, about 3 weeks. You can put the ginger root in the vegetable drawer, but the advice is often given to do this differently.
Roll the ginger in a piece of kitchen paper and put it in a sealable bag. Place this bag in the bottom of the refrigerator. The ginger can then be stored for 3-4 weeks. I always put the ginger in the fridge without kitchen paper, but in a bag or sealable container, even if it has been cut. Ginger is widely used with us, a root is usually used up within 7-10 days. So when I just put it in the fridge it doesn’t matter.
If you are not a ‘large consumer’ of ginger, you can wrap the ginger before putting it in the refrigerator.
If you want to store ginger for a longer period of time, longer than 3-4 weeks, you can also freeze the ginger. Here are several options for which we cover below.
Freezing Ginger With Or Without Peel
Ginger is easy to store, even if you want to freeze it. The whole ginger root can go straight into the freezer, you don’t have to peel it. The whole ginger can be stored for about 6 months.
Sliced Ginger Freezing
When you need the ginger, you can cut a piece of it and use it in your dish. You probably already notice, cutting a piece of frozen ginger is not that easy. Usually, the ginger is therefore already cut into pieces and then placed in a freezer bag in the freezer. This way you can grab a piece when you start cooking.
However, there is an even better way to use ginger for cooking, which is grating and freezing.
Grated Ginger Freezing
This method is recommended if you want to store ginger for a longer period of time. How do you proceed?
- Grate the whole ginger, peeled or unpeeled (the skin is edible).
- Make heaps in the right quantities and place these heaps on a bowl or large plate.
- Slide this plate into the freezer.
- When the piles are frozen, take the plate out of the freezer and put the piles in a freezer container and place it back in the freezer.
You can now grab a portion of ginger every time you want to use it in your dish. So easy!.
Several ways you can store ginger are described above. In a dark cool place, on the fruit bowl, in the refrigerator, in the freezer. And then fresh ginger, sliced, peeled, and grated.
To put everything on a ride, below is the period of how long you can keep ginger.
How Long To Store Ginger
Use the following storage times for ginger storage.
|#||What kind of ginger?||Storage time|
|1||Fresh ginger on the fruit bowl or cool place||2 weeks|
|2||Fresh cut ginger on the fruit bowl||1 week|
|3||Fresh (sliced) ginger in the fridge||3 weeks|
|4||Grated ginger in the fridge||1 week|
|5||Fresh whole ginger in the freezer||6 months|
|6||Freshly sliced or grated ginger in the freezer||3 months|
|7||Dried ginger in a sealed jar||2 years|
Hopefully, the table above will give you some direction for how to store ginger. Now there is another option for storing ginger and that is drying.
Drying Ginger For Tea
You can use fresh ginger for tea. It is especially enjoyable with a slice of lemon. However, you can also dry and store ginger to make tea.
This drying is not that hard to do. It works like this:
- Peel the ginger with a knife.
- Then cut ginger slices about 0.5 centimeters thick.
- Place the ginger on a platter along with the peels. These are also dried.
- Place the bowl in a place with sufficient ventilation and let it dry for at least 5 days.
- Check after 5 days if they are dry, otherwise, you have to let it dry even longer.
- When dry, store the ginger in a sealed jar.
You can keep the ginger in this way for at least 1.5 years. I hope you don’t do that, but that you make nice tea out of it!
Not only slices can dry. You can also dry the ginger if you grated it. Place the grated ginger on a plate to dry. This will dry before the slices. Also, put this dried ginger back in a sealable jar.