You only need a small piece of fresh ginger for most dishes. You will learn how to store ginger in a way that keeps the tuber fresh for a long time.
Tip 1: Don’t buy too much ginger
If you want to enjoy fresh ginger for as long as possible, do not buy old tubers. Old ginger is very difficult to store. You can recognize fresh goods by the fact that the tuber feels firm and heavy. Ginger that is not as fresh as it used to be is softer and has a wrinkly skin.
Also, you shouldn’t buy too much ginger at once. For most recipes you only need a few slices, the rest is often forgotten and ends up in the garbage. So you should think about how much ginger you need and how you want to use it.
Tip 2: Store ginger outside the fridge
You can store ginger in a dry, cool place outside the fridge.
If your fresh ginger bulb is still unpeeled and uncut, you can store it well in a dark and cool place outside the fridge. The best place to store them is in the pantry. You can store fresh ginger there for several weeks. Wrap it completely in a paper towel and then put it in a sealable can or paper bag.
Cut ginger can also be stored outside the fridge for some time. Store it in a dark and cool place. Although the interface may become a bit woody and harder over time, the ginger remains fresh and you can continue to use it.
Tip 3: Store sliced ginger in the fridge
If you want to store cut ginger in the refrigerator, make sure it is kept as airtight as possible. There is high humidity in the refrigerator, which encourages the growth of mould in food.
Option 1: To prevent the ginger interface from drying out too much, cover it with reusable cloths instead of plastic or aluminium foil. Put the completely wrapped ginger in a tightly sealable can or paper bag.
Option 2: Alternatively, you can lightly moisten a cloth kitchen towel and wrap the ginger in it before storing it in the vegetable compartment of the fridge.
With these methods you can keep cut ginger fresh in the fridge for up to three weeks.
Tip 4: Freezing fresh ginger
Frozen ginger can be infused with hot water to make tea.
If you always want to have a supply of ginger ready, you can also freeze it. Do the same for it:
Method 1: Ginger heap
- Peel the ginger and then grate finely.
- Form small heaps from the grated ginger with the help of a spoon.
- Put these heaps on a plate and put it in the freezer.
- Once the ginger piles are frozen, take them off the plate and put them in a freezer.
Method 2: Ginger slices
- Peel the ginger.
- Cut it into strips or slices.
- Put it in a freezer container and freeze it.
- You can pour hot water over the ginger heaps or slices for tea or add them to dishes. When processed in this way, the ginger stays in the freezer for about 3 to 6 months.
Tip 5: Potting ginger and planting it yourself
Ginger is one of the foods that grow back by itself. This means that you can easily keep fresh ginger tubers alive by planting them piece by piece. In this way, you can also recycle ginger tubers that have already been sprouted. The ginger pieces sprout and form reed-like plants. After some time you can harvest fresh ginger nodules for kitchen use.
Here you will learn how to plant ginger yourself.
Tip 6: Preserving ginger by preserving it
Ginger is an excellent accompaniment to Asian dishes. Pickled ginger is popular for sushi.
So that ginger does not spoil or become too woody and dry, you also have the option of preserving it by preserving it. Peeled, cut, grated and marinated in a vinegar stock, the ginger prepared in this way can be kept for up to half a year. Pickled ginger is particularly popular with sushi.