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How to Freeze Ginger



How to Freeze Ginger

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Tired of storing ginger in the fridge only to find that it has gone bad the next time you need it? Try freezing it instead.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: One minute or less

Here's How:

  1. Start with the freshest ginger that you can find. Pieces that are plump, firm, unwrinkled and fragrant will have the best flavor.
  2. Place your unpeeled ginger in a freezer-safe container; label it; and pop it in the freezer. It's really that simple.

    Note: If you bought a large ginger root, you can cut it into smaller pieces, so it takes up less space.

  3. To use your ginger: Simply remove a piece from the freezer, and grate as much as you need. There's no need to thaw it first; in fact, frozen ginger is actually easier to grate than fresh.

    Storage Time: As with any frozen foods, it's best to use your ginger within six months. You can safely use it after that date, but expect some loss of quality.


  1. Prefer to use julienned or chopped ginger in your recipes? Simply cut your ginger to the desired size and then freeze it
  2. Peeling ginger with a vegetable peeler can be difficult and lead to a lot of waste. For better results, try peeling it with a spoon
  3. Shop at international grocery stores for the best price on ginger

What You Need:

  • Fresh ginger root
  • A knife
  • A freezer-safe container
  • A marker
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