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To Make Ginger Root Last Longer, Store It In The Freezer

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Ginger, with its zesty and aromatic flavor, is a culinary superstar that can add a burst of excitement to your dishes. But what happens when you can't use up that whole ginger root quickly enough? Enter the freezer -- your secret weapon for keeping ginger fresh for an extended period.

Unlike many other fresh ingredients, ginger thrives in the freezer environment because it doesn't dry out as quickly. The cold temperature preserves its vibrant flavor and allows you to have ginger at your fingertips whenever you need it. Best of all, freezing ginger root can considerably extend its shelf life. When frozen, it will keep for up to five months.

One of the greatest advantages of freezing ginger is that it's incredibly versatile. You can grate frozen ginger directly into your recipes, eliminating the need to thaw it beforehand. If you do need to thaw the ginger, it's as simple as microwaving the root in 15-second intervals until you can slice off what you need. This means you can enjoy the same pungent, spicy kick that fresh ginger provides without any fuss. Whether you're whipping up a stir-fry, adding some zing to your marinades, or brewing a soothing cup of ginger tea, having frozen ginger on hand is a game-changer.

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How To Store Ginger In The Freezer

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To get the best results when storing ginger root in the freezer, start with fresh, unpeeled ginger root. Look for ginger that is firm and has smooth, taut skin. Avoid ginger that is wrinkled or has soft spots. Cut or break the ginger root into smaller, manageable pieces. These can be as large or as small as you like, but consider your typical usage. Smaller portions are easier to work with if you need only a small amount at a time.

Individually wrap each ginger portion tightly in plastic wrap or parchment paper. This step helps prevent freezer burn and maintains the ginger's flavor and texture. Place the wrapped ginger portions in an airtight container or resealable freezer bags. Make sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing to minimize the risk of freezer burn. Don't forget to label your container or bags with the freezing date to keep track of its freshness.

By freezing ginger root in these simple steps, you'll have fresh ginger at your disposal whenever you need it. No more worrying about your ginger going to waste or losing its flavor due to drying out. So, the next time you find yourself with an abundance of ginger, embrace the freezer's magical powers and keep your ginger fresh and flavorful for months to come.

Read the original article on Tasting Table.