Are you curious if you can freeze fresh ginger root? Well, you can. Thank goodness!
Just the other day, I bought some fresh ginger root for a homemade lemonade that I was making. The problem with buying fresh ginger is that I always have so much left over. It isn’t something that I use daily and the idea of it going bad in the fridge just makes me upset. So this is how I store fresh ginger in the freezer.
How to freeze ginger root
1. Wash and dry ginger
You want your ginger to be really clean before you freeze it. It is also critical that it is completely dry. After washing it, dry it with a soft towel. Then leave it on the counter to dry for about an hour.
2. Peel bad spots
You do not need to peel all of the ginger root before freezing it. However, you do want to inspect the ginger and peel of any bad spots.
3. Cut the ginger
Cut the ginger root into smaller pieces. Generally, a recipe will not call for more than a couple of inches of ginger at a time. I cut my ginger 1 to 2 inch pieces.
4. Freeze individual ginger
Place the cut ginger on a plate and make sure that none of the pieces are touching. Place this plate in the freezer for 1 hour. The reason for this step is so that it will be easier to remove individual pieces from the freezer later.
5. Place in baggie
After one hour the individual pieces should be frozen solid enough that they won’t stick together in a baggie or container. Place the pieces of ginger in a baggie.
Press the air out of the baggie completely and seal the baggie.
6. Final Freeze
Place the sealed baggie of ginger in the freezer.
How long does ginger last in the freezer?
Fresh ginger will last up to 6 months in the freezer if frozen properly.
The trick is to freeze it in an airtight container such as a baggie with all of the air squeezed out.
How to use frozen ginger?
You can grate frozen ginger. It actually will grate easier while it is frozen then when it is thawed.
If you are wanting to dice or slice the ginger, just allow it thaw before using it.
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You can freeze ginger in all forms. You can grate it and freeze lumps of it that way. You can slice it and then freeze. If you are out of time, you can just freeze the entire root.
I am just so excited that this finally dawned on me.
Now, I won’t waste precious ginger root ever again.