How to Freeze Ginger for Optimal Freshness and Flavor

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Do you have a lot of ginger and don’t know what to do with it? You’re not alone! Ginger is one of the most commonly used spices in the world, but sometimes we end up with too much.

I always buy more than I need! The good news is that there are many ways to use your extra ginger, one of which is freezing it! In this blog post, we will discuss how to freeze ginger and why you should consider doing so.

Learn how to freeze ginger and why freezing it is actually a really great option to maintain its freshness and flavor!

Picture on how to freeze ginger root

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What’s the Best Way to Preserve Fresh Ginger?

The best way to preserve fresh ginger depends on how much you have and how long it’s going to take you to use it.

  • If you have one or two roots and plan on using them in the next couple days, leaving it on a counter is perfectly suitable. Just put the ginger root in an airtight container. When you are ready to use it again, peel off the pieces that were exposed to air to get to the juicy part!
  • If you have a few ginger roots, but plan on using them within a week, I’d suggest the refrigerator. Again, place the ginger root in an airtight container. No need to warm it up when you want to use it. It may actually be easier to peel colder!
  • Freezing is the best way to preserve fresh ginger if you have several roots. Whether you bought too many or don’t know when you will be using again, you can safely freeze fresh ginger root for up to 6 months!

Whenever handling ginger root, regardless of how you store it, it’s important to thoroughly wash it to get the dirt off and any stubborn knobs.

Does Ginger Lose its Nutrients When Frozen?

When freezing any fruit or vegetable, it’s common to be concerned about whether any nutrients and vitamins will be lost. And ginger has so many health benefits!! So who doesn’t want to take advantage of that?

Studies show that, while vegetables do retain the majority of their nutritional content while frozen, certain vitamins in certain vegetables may lose a small percentage.

Don’t let this deter you from learning how to freeze ginger though! Freezing ginger is only a small part of it. Certain ways of cooking, like boiling and stir fry, have also been known to slightly decrease nutritional value.

Do you have to peel ginger before freezing?

You do NOT have to peel ginger before freezing if you don’t want to. You can freeze whole ginger root, or even slice it or grate it prior to freezing. You can even eat the peel.

The important thing is to thoroughly wash the ginger root, getting all the dirt off of it. And any potential pesticides.

Below we will go over the best ways on how to freeze ginger.

What do I need to freeze Ginger?

Hand Grater. If you want to freeze grated ginger, a simple hand grater will do the trick.

Vegetable or Potato Peeler. This is my preferred method. I always slice ginger prior to using it. It’s easier to deal with and quicker to cook.

Pairing Knife. A knife will be good when it comes to cutting off those knobs. or even any peel you want to initially cut off.

Freezer Safe Ziploc Bags or Airtight Container. When freezing ginger, it’s important to store it in a freezer approved storage container. Use a gallon size freezer zip loc bag or an airtight container.

Ice Trays. ice trays can be extremely useful for either sliced or grated ginger root that you want to keep measured out. This prevents the ginger from freezing bunched up and allows you to take out what you need at one time. Simply place the ice tray in the zip loc bag or airtight container.

How to Prepare Ginger Root Before Slicing or Grating (in Preps of Freezing)

Prior to freezing ginger, whether whole, sliced or grated, you’ll need to prepare it.

  1. You’ll need to thorougly wash the ginger root, as I mentioned above. This removes and dirt, debris, or any pesky pesticides.
  2. Next, you’ll want to cut off any hard knobs that might get in the way. I also use this time to cut off the small pieces and any peeling I don’t want.
  3. Now you’ll either need the vegetable peeler or grater depending on your preferred method.
  4. Prepare as desired

How to Freeze Ginger Root

Now that we know the best ways to preserve ginger root and how to prep, let’s go over how to freeze ginger root for optimal flavor and freshness!

How to Freeze Whole Ginger Root

  1. After rinsing and scrubbing away the dirt and debris, gently dry the ginger. Cut off any stubborn knobs.
  2. Place the entire root or roots in an airtight container or zip loc bag.
  3. Take some masking tape and write the date on it.

Keep in the freezer up to 6 months!

How to Freeze Sliced Ginger Root

  1. After rinsing and scrubbing away the dirt and debris, gently dry the ginger. Cut off any stubborn knobs.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, slice the ginger until you reach the desired amount.
  3. If you have any small pieces you can’t slice, store as you normally would the whole ginger root.
  4. You can use an ice tray to place the sliced ginger in. This helps you measure it out while also freezing it. If you think you will just be using a little at a time this may be the method you prefer. Place the ice tray in a freezer zip loc bag or large airtight container. Write the date on some masking tape and place on container.
  5. If you don’t use an ice tray, take some parchment paper and spread a thin layer of the sliced ginger on it. Separate the sliced ginger like this. Place in the airtight container or freezer safe zip loc bag.

How to Freeze Grated Ginger Root

  1. Rinse and scrub the ginger first to remove any dirt, debris, and pesticides. Gently pat dry and cut off any knobs you see.
  2. When it comes to grating ginger, you can either use a hand grater for fine pieces of ginger or a food processor, for mushy ginger pieces.
  3. For grated ginger, you have two options.
  4. Option 1 is to use an ice tray, similar to how you would use it for the sliced ginger.
  5. Option 2 is to place all the grated ginger in the either the freezer safe zip loc bag or airtight containers.
  6. Even while frozen, the ginger will be easy to tear off the amount you need.
  7. Make sure you label and date the frozen ginger!

FAQ

Does Ginger Get Soft After Freezing?

When fresh food freezes, the water within it turns into ice crystals and causes a little swelling. As frozen ginger defrosts, the root loses some moisture which may make skin tighter. It is actually a lot easier to peel frozen ginger root!

How do you Defrost Frozen Ginger?

To defrost frozen ginger, simply leave it out on your kitchen counter for about 8 hours or overnight in the fridge. Defrosting ginger really isn’t necessary though, as peeling it frozen is much easier!

Can you freeze ginger with the skin on?

Absolutely, you can freeze ginger with the skin left on. Just make sure you do wash it to remove any dirt first. You can leave the skin on and peel when you take out of the freezer. Or you can even eat the peel.

This concludes this post on how to freeze ginger. I hope it has proved useful in your kitchen ventures! If not, let me know in the comments and what you’d like to see next!

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