At Taste Buds Kitchen, fresh ginger is one of our favorite ingredients and we use it often. Ginger is a flavorful addition to both sweet and savory recipes from our Veggie Dumplings – a favorite in our Adult BYOB Sushi & Dumplings Class – to our Honey Soy Dipping Sauce in our Kids Summer Camps and Around the World Cooking Parties.
Ginger has many health benefits and is most commonly known to ease digestion and nausea. It is a great ingredient to keep stocked in your Kitchen but as always fresh is best! Want to know our trick?
When buying fresh ginger at the grocery store, you always want to look for the freshest piece that feels firm to the touch and the ends are not dried out or shriveled. Because fresh ginger comes in a different shape and size every time, it is almost always that you will have a piece leftover from your recipe. Here at Taste Buds Kitchen we found a great way to store leftover ginger so it stays fresh and is easy to pull out and use anytime.
- Peel the skin off of the ginger – this will make it easier to pop out and use quickly for any recipe. We like to use a spoon to peel our ginger, the skin is a thin paper layer that comes off easier by being scraped with the side of a spoon.
- Cut the peeled ginger into coins, about a tablespoon size piece each, this makes its easy to pull out just the amount you need for each recipe.
- Store the ginger in a labeled ziplock bag in the freezer, ginger should last up to 3 months in the freezer and remain fresh.
- When ready to use, pull out one piece at a time. Ginger is easier to grate while it is frozen as the fibers can be tough when it defrosts.
- Each piece of ginger should make about 1 tablespoon of finely grated ginger. It will defrost quickly once grated and can be used immediately.
How to Store Ginger?
There are two ways to store ginger, you can either store the spice in the pantry preserved in sherry or keep it in the refrigerator.
Storing Ginger in the Pantry
This method is best for chopped, peeled or sliced ginger. To start, rinse the ginger in running water. Then, peel the ginger root with a peeler or the edge of a spoon. Once the ginger has been peeled, cut according to your preference. Set aside.
Get a clean airtight glass jar and pour the dry sherry. Spoon the cut ginger into the glass jar, making sure there’s enough sherry to submerge the spice completely. Seal with the airtight lid, write the storage date then place in a cool, dry place away from sunlight.
When you used up your stored ginger, you can use the leftover sherry to season different dishes. The spirit will absorb the flavor and aroma of the spice.
Storing Ginger in the Refrigerator
This method is best for fresh and uncut ginger root with its brown skin intact. If you washed the ginger prior to storing, blot the spice with paper towels to dry it out. The extra moisture might accelerate spoilage.
To store the ginger root in the fridge, get a brown paper bag. Place the spice inside and seal with paper clips or clear tape. Write the storage date then leave to chill in the crisper drawer of the fridge. You can also use a resealable plastic bag in place of the brown bag. The same steps apply.
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