Ginger is a wonder spice that has been known to humans for thousands of years. Its benefits include improving digestive health, soothing sore muscles, and so much more. And it’s not just good for your health either. It’s also the main spice in a lot of sweet treats like carrots cake and of course, gingerbread.
In order to get all the benefits out of ginger that you possibly can, you’ll have to eat it raw, not powdered. But how do you store it properly, so that you can get all the benefits and taste that ginger has to offer dishes?
In this article, you’ll learn all about how to properly store ginger, so that it lasts longer in your kitchen. Plus, you’ll learn what to look out for if your ginger starts to go past its prime.
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How To Properly Store Ginger
There are three main ways to properly store ginger, depending on how long you wish to keep it fresh for a while. Because each of these methods is so vastly different from the other, they also have varying expiry dates.
Let’s take a look at all of the ways you can store ginger in your home.
Store Ginger Roots In The Cold Cupboard or Basement
Unpeeled ginger roots can be stored right on the kitchen counter, with no problem. But, this is only as long as you are going to use it within the next several days.
If you don’t want to use the fridge, you can use a cold storage method using the basement or cold cupboard in your home. The cool and dark environment will help to preserve the moisture inside the ginger root. But make sure it is kept somewhere that is also dry to keep moisture and mold away.
Storing Ginger in the Fridge
While a raw ginger root shouldn’t be kept in a moist area like the fridge, unpeeled ginger is a whole new world. When stored in the fridge, your ginger will last up to a month.
You can get even more time out of your ginger by using a vacuum sealer or an airtight storage container. And, to store peeled and minced ginger, add salt to make a paste and store it in an airtight container. This will limit the airflow and banish extra moisture and bacteria.
Storing Ginger In The Freezer
When properly sealed, there’s no limit to how long it can last in the freezer. However, anything past a year or so has probably lost most of the flavor and all of those healthy benefits along with it.
It’s best to use a vacuum sealer for this method, to prevent any chance of freezer burn. You may also want to freeze the diced garlic using an ice cube tray. That way, you will have pre-measured ginger right on hand!
Simply chop, fill, and freeze. Then, place the cubes into a Ziploc freezer bag or vacuum sealer bag and seal for freshness. Then, put it back in the freezer for as long as it lasts.
Preserving Ginger in Alcohol.
You can store your ginger for a whole year in the fridge, using alcohol to preserve your ginger root. Use alcohol as a preservative for the raw ginger.
For this method, you will need vodka, brandy, or gin. It really depends on your own taste. You will also need an airtight container, like a Tupperware or preserve jar. Here’s how you can preserve your garlic with alcohol:
- Peel and chop the ginger root.
- Thoroughly wash the container or jar
- Fill jar or Tupperware with your chopped ginger
- With your chosen alcohol, pour over to completely cover the ginger.
- Seal the jar or container and place it in the fridge.
When you store ginger by preserving it, it can keep as long as a year in the fridge. You won’t have to worry about the alcohol seeping into your food. It will evaporate as you cook with it for dishes like curry.
How Long Can Ginger Be Stored?
The longest-lasting way to store ginger is to freeze it, as long as the container is solid and withstands a long time in the freezer. You can also preserve ginger in alcohol, which can last up to several months.
If you’re planning on using the whole root within a few days, you can store ginger right on your kitchen counter. Of course, you can always stick it in the fridge to keep fresh. In the fridge, an unpeeled ginger root can last up to 1 month.
How To Tell If Your Ginger Has Gone Bad
You can tell when ginger has gone bad if it begins to go soft. However, there are other signs to look for. To avoid eating spoiled ginger, look out for these signs:
- Wrinkled skin
- Moldy spots on the end
- Softer to touch, rubbery structure,
- If you’ve preserved your ginger, the liquid will be cloudy.
If your ginger has any of these, then it’s time to throw it away. Remember, even with these methods, ginger will only last so long before spoiling. So if you do preserve or store ginger in the freezer, remember to label it with the date that it was peeled, so you have a reference of how far it has gone or if it still has some time.
There is a silver lining to this spoiling. Like other bulbs-plants, you can plant a ginger root in the ground to grow an even bigger supply of ginger!
Mistakes To Avoid When Storing Ginger
Ginger is pretty simple to store, but it won’t keep forever. With one of the methods above, the longest that stored ginger will last is a year.
But, if you don’t store it properly, you may end up with ginger that has gone bad rather quickly. Here are some mistakes to avoid when you’re storing ginger.
- Storing a raw ginger root in the fridge without a container.
- Picking ginger that is softer in the supermarket.
- Storing unpeeled ginger without an airtight seal.
- Washing ginger before storing it.
- Storing ginger in the sun or a warm area.