To choose the freshest ginger root, look for heavy, firm pieces with smooth skin. The cleaner the snap when you break off a piece, the fresher it is. Lighter, wrinkled or shrivelled pieces have dried out, but can still be used in most applications.
How to Store Ginger:
Fresh and firm unpeeled ginger root can be stored on the kitchen counter for a week. However, it’s best to store it in a clean plastic bag (with the air removed), in the vegetable crisper drawer of your fridge. Unpeeled ginger will store well for up to three weeks, peeled ginger should be used within a couple of days.
How to Freeze Ginger:
- To freeze in convenient serving sizes, peel and cut ginger into 1 inch thick pieces. This is the amount many recipes call for. Wrap each piece tightly in plastic wrap, then store in an airtight freezer bag (with the air removed).
- Alternately, create small “coins” to use in recipes. Peel and grate the root, then divide it into 1 Tbsp portions on a baking sheet. Cover and freeze. Transfer the frozen “coins” into an airtight container or a freezer bag and use later in recipes like soups or stews.
- Either freezing method will preserve ginger well for up to three months.