Fresh ginger lasts longer when it’s stored in the freezer. Add it to smoothies and other recipes for a dose of anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Minced ginger is delicious in smoothies. It adds a spicy kick, along with anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Fresh minced ginger only lasts for about 1 week in the fridge and after this time, it starts to lose flavor. It can also be inconvenient to peel and mince ginger every time you need it.
Freezing minced ginger will ensure you always have some on hand. Plus, it will last longer while retaining its flavor.
Frozen ginger is just as healthy as the fresh kind. When it’s kept in the freezer, the cold temperature prevents the nutrients from breaking down.
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Step 1: Rinse ginger under cool running water.
Use your fingers to remove any dirt or debris. Dry with a clean towel.
Step 2: Remove the peel. Mince the ginger by cutting it into tiny pieces.
Step 3: Put the ginger in a freezer-safe bag. Spread the ginger into an even layer.
Step 4: Transfer the bag to the freezer. Freeze for 1 or 2 hours, or until the ginger is frozen into a sheet.
1 tablespoon = 1.5″ square piece
There’s about one tablespoon of minced ginger in a 1.5″x1.5″ square piece of a flattened frozen layer.
Pick fresh ginger root.
When shopping for ginger, look for pieces with firm, smooth skin. This will ensure the ginger is fresh and flavorful.
Avoid ginger root that’s dry, wrinkly, or moldy.
Peel with a spoon.
The easiest way to remove the peel of a ginger is with a spoon. Simply press the edge of the spoon against the ginger, then scrape away the skin.
Don’t overfill the bag.
Avoid adding too much to the bag. If the layer of minced ginger is too thick, it will be hard to break off the frozen minced ginger.
Questions You May Have
Freezing is a great way to store fresh ginger for a long time. Peel and mince ginger, then place it in a freezer bag in an even layer. You can then break off a chunk when you need it.
The peel is edible, so you can leave it on when you mince the ginger. However, peeled ginger will have the best texture.
Frozen ginger lasts about 6 months. If kept longer, the ginger will start to lose its flavor.
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How to Store and Freeze Fresh Ginger
- Wash and dry the ginger.Rinse the ginger under cool running water. Gently rub the peel to remove any dirt or debris. Dry with a clean towel.
- Peel and mince the ginger.Remove the peel with a vegetable peeler. Mince the ginger by cutting it into tiny pieces.
- Put the ginger in a freezer-safe bag.Spread the ginger into an even layer in the bag. Push out extra air and close to seal.
- Store in the freezer.Freeze for 1 or 2 hours, or until the ginger is frozen into a sheet. Use within 6 months.
- Choose ginger with firm, smooth skin. Avoid ones that are dry, wrinkly, or moldy.
- If you don’t have a vegetable peeler, use the edge of a spoon to remove the skin.
- Don’t overfill the bag because this can make it hard to close.
- Remember that a 1.5″x1.5″ piece of frozen minced ginger equal about one tablespoon.