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How to Freeze Ginger

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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.

Tips:

  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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