How To Store Ginger (And Maximize Freshness)

by / ⠀How-tos / February 25, 2014

I have a love-hate relationship with ginger. 

I love the fresh zingy bite it adds to dishes and even to fresh juice. But what’s frustrating is each root is sizable yet the quantity of ginger you normally use in a given recipe is small. The challenge then is utilizing all of the ginger before it goes bad. So how do you store this vegetable?

There are a number of ways to store it but the best way to ensure long-lasting ginger is to store it in a zipper bag and keep it in the crisper drawer of your fridge for. Just be sure to press out the air as you seal the bag and this should keep for several weeks!

If you don’t have a zipper bag handy, there are a couple other techniques you can consider. They include:

  • Wrap it in paper towel and place it into a paper bag. Then store this in the crisper drawer of your fridge. It should keep for a few weeks.
  • Wrap it in plastic wrap and store in the freezer. This is especially helpful if you know you won’t be able to use the ginger for awhile. In this method, it should last up to three months.

How do you normally store ginger? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Reply
    March 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    use a paring knife to cut it into thin slices and let them dry probably, then you can store it anywhere. it won’t go bad, but loses some of it’s deliciousness month after month

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      Amanda Natividad
      March 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      That makes sense, especially if you want to have already-sliced ginger on hand. Thanks for the tip!

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

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    CJ LaFontaine
    March 3, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I place it in a tub or jar full of about 1/2 inch of water, cut side down. Just take pieces from the cut end and it stays fresh for a long time.

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      Amanda Natividad
      March 3, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Ooh, that’s interesting, CJ. About how long would you say the ginger lasts?

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

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    Ash K
    March 5, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Peel it and freeze it in one inch cubes (or whatever amount you most often use). It grates really well when frozen and lasts for many months without losing any quality. Once it’s grated it thaws out pretty fast, and if you’re cooking with it anyway I’ve never noticed any difference from using it fresh.

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