Monday, July 9, 2012

Quick Tip: How to Store Fresh Ginger Root

Fresh ginger is one of my favorite flavors.  I love using it while cooking, in tea and grated over fruit.  Here is a Quick Tip to keeping it fresh for a long time.

It doesn't get any easier than this.  Using a vegetable peeler and a small knife, remove the skin from the root (I love this part, leaves your hands smelling amazing). 

Next, place the ginger root in a freezer bag and store in the freezer until you need it.  It will hold its flavor frozen for months and will not mold. Freezing also makes it much easier to grate into your recipes. Simply take a piece out of the freezer bag and press it against your grater.

Here are a few great recipes to try using ginger: Peking Chicken Roll-Ups, Lettuce Wraps.

Here are a few health benefits of ginger: 

Ginger is commonly used to treat various types of “stomach problems,” including motion sickness, morning sickness, colic, upset stomach, gas, diarrhea, nausea caused by cancer treatment, nausea and vomiting after surgery, as well as loss of appetite.

Other uses include pain relief from arthritis or muscle soreness, menstrual pain, upper respiratory tract infections, cough, and bronchitis. Ginger is also sometimes used for chest pain, low back pain, and stomach pain.

Some people pour the fresh juice on their skin to treat burns. The oil made from ginger is sometimes applied to the skin to relieve pain.

In foods and beverages, ginger is used as a flavoring agent.

In manufacturing, ginger is used as for fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.

One of the chemicals in ginger is also used as an ingredient in laxative, anti-gas, and antacid medications.
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  1. as much as i love ginger, i've only used the powder in my cooking. but thanks to you, i now know how to store it!! thanks, rachelle

  2. Store it unpeeled in a Tupperware container with sherry in the fridge.

    1. I have read this storage tip before, however, I prefer the freezer method as I have found it easier to grate this way. Thank you for the feedback :)

  3. Man, wish I would have known about this sooner! Had some ginger root leftover from a dish I had made and didn't know it could store in the freezer, and especially for how long. You are the bestest with all these useful tips, Rachelle!

    1. Thank you for the kinds words! Now you know for next time!! I love keeping it on hand at all times.