Ginger has been used in Asia and the Middle East since ancient times as a cooking spice and healing herb. If you are using fresh ginger for tea or in recipes, you may already know that a little piece goes a long way.
According to the Mayo Clinic, ginger is a healing remedy for nausea, cold, flu, arthritis, diarrhea, painful menstruation, heart conditions and cancer. Knowing how to store ginger properly in the freezer will keep it fresh whenever you want to use it to flavor food or as a healing remedy.
Things You'll Need
- Ginger roots
- Plastic zipper freezer bag
- Plastic airtight container
- Wax paper
- Paper towels
- Plastic wrap (optional)
- Cheese or vegetable grater (optional)
Wash your ginger roots before freezing. Pat them dry.
Cut off a piece of ginger you know you would be using in the near future. Wrap this piece in paper towels and seal airtight in a plastic storage bag. Store in the refrigerator up to about three weeks.
Wrap the rest of your unpeeled ginger roots in wax paper, then place them in an airtight freezer storage zipper bag. Press all of the air out before zipping. Date and label the bag.
Freeze ginger roots for three to four months. The parts you use will be a little mushy as time goes on, but the quality and flavor still remains.
Peel, slice or julienne ginger for freezing as an option. Wrap the pieces securely in plastic wrap, then place them in a plastic freezer bag or plastic, airtight container. Date, label the container and freeze.
Tips & Warnings
- 1. Purchase fresh ginger root in the produce section of the grocery store. Choose ginger with a pinkish, smooth skin, few knots and a spicy fragrance.
- 2. Grate or slice the amount of frozen ginger you need for a recipe or for tea. Thawing frozen ginger is not necessary. Place the rest of the root back in the freezer bag and seal.
- 3. Slice part of a small piece to make yourself a hot cup of delicious, spicy tea.
- 4. Grate part of a ginger root to add flavor to baked sweets and to season your sauces, meats and vegetables.
- 5. Use a cheese grater or an Asian ginger grater to grate the amount of frozen ginger root you need.
- 6. Scrape the ginger peel off easily with an edge of a spoon, without wasting any ginger.
- 7. Form grated ginger into a long, skinny cylinder, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. Break off what you need
- 8. Freeze juice extracted from fresh ginger root in dry ice to safely rapid freeze it. A 2003 study at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing revealed "The rapid freezing, freeze-drying and spray-drying [of squeezed juice of ginger] are suitable for preservation of squeezed juice of Chinese medicinal materials."
- Avoid buying wrinkled, moldy ginger root.
- Consult with your doctor before using or eating ginger if you are taking blood thinners, such as aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin).
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