Fresh ginger looks like it could last for months. But is that assumption actually correct? And what is the best way to store fresh ginger? We unravel the mystery for you.
Ginger: can we ever live without it? We answer this question wholeheartedly with a no. In tea or in biscuits , with mussels , in Japanese ramen or in an Indian red curry : the fresh, slightly spicy taste makes so many dishes better. But how long will it stay good?
Storing ginger in the fridge
Some people simply store ginger at room temperature, for example in the fruit bowl. Still, the best way to store ginger is in the refrigerator, preferably in a sealed freezer bag or paper bag.
With this method, ginger will keep for about 3 weeks . Note that we are talking about uncut, unpeeled pieces of fresh ginger here. Cutting and peeling ginger ahead of time will not only shorten the shelf life of your ginger, it will also take away some of the freshness and therefore the taste.
Storing ginger in the freezer
Do you have too much ginger? Then you can also freeze the ginger very easily (again, preferably in a sealed freezer bag). Do you then need a piece of ginger in a recipe?
Then remove the frozen ginger from the freezer and grate what you need. Funnily enough, frozen ginger isn’t any harder to peel than regular ones. So there is no need to defrost. You could also choose to grate the ginger beforehand and freeze it that way.
Ginger in the freezer will keep for about 1 year .
Super tip: put ginger in a jar
Want an unlimited ginger supply? Grow your own ginger plant. Our sister Roomed explains how you can easily grow ginger yourself , just in the windowsill.
Our favorite recipes with ginger:
- Ginger bug: make your own ginger ale (or ginger beer)
- congee with ginger, chicken and crispy garlic
- Divine crispy pork belly from the oven with chili ginger oil