Fresh ginger is the most important ingredient that we always use in cooking various recipes including drinks, smoothies, desserts, curries etc. But peeling ginger is a tedious task. Here i share easy kitchen tips on how to peel ginger easily. Follow below step by step instructions on how to cut, mince and julienne ginger along with how to store ginger fresh for longer.
Do you have to peel ginger?
Ginger is one type of underground stem called a ‘Rhizome,’ which grows like potatoes and carrots. While producing this food if sprayed with pesticides, the whole food is affected.
For that reasons, it is safe to wash and peel the ginger before using it.
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How to peel ginger easily
People usually buy fresh ginger but struggle to peel it without losing tons of ginger flesh, here is a simple method on how to peel ginger with a spoon.
How to clean ginger
Before peeling or cutting ginger or any type of fruits and vegetables our first duty is always thoroughly clean ginger in running water.
All vegetables should be washed. You really don’t know where they came from and the environment that they were transported in.
Also if they are not organic you can still have pesticides, fungicides, and who knows what else is left on the ginger. Organic can also carry these things so it is best to wash them first.
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How to peel ginger with a spoon
If want to find the quickest way to peel ginger then use a spoon for this work.
For this purpose, hold ginger vertically on a chopping board and scrape the surface of the ginger with the help of a spoon edge.
With the help of spoon, you can easily get into the different turns and cracks of the nobs of ginger if you find it difficult then just break a nob off to make the process easier.
This method will also provide the best result without wasting ginger.
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How to peel ginger with a knife
There is another way to peel ginger. This can be quicker but you do lose some of the ginger when you peel it with a knife.
Take a good slice off from the side so that you have a flat surface to work on. Lay the ginger on the flat side so you can square up all the sides.
The benefit of peeling ginger this way is it helps with cutting and slicing the ginger later.
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How to julienne ginger
If you want julienne ginger in your recipe, first cut the peeled ginger in a coin shape then stack 2 to 3 coins shape ginger one after one and cut into matchsticks or vertical lengthwise shape.
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How to chop or mince ginger
If you want finely chop mincing ginger then line up the ginger matchsticks and make crosswise cuts from the right side to the left side.
How to grate ginger
If you store ginger in a ziplock bag in a freezer just take it out first then safely grate ginger by holding one end of the ginger and moving it downwards towards the table on the Microplane grater.
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How to store ginger
You can safely store fresh ginger at room temperature for a week. But when i buy ginger from the market i first clean ginger thoroughly in running water after that dry them and store it in the refrigerator in a zip lock bag for at least 3 to 4 weeks.
Sometimes you need a small amount of grated ginger or peeled ginger for your recipe for that case you can safely store the remaining portion of ginger in the zip lock bag without fear of oxidization.
Otherwise, you can store grated ginger in a small ice-cube tray in the freezer. When required just take the ‘ice cube’ of ginger and add it to your dish.