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5 Ways to Keep Ginger Fresh for Longer

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There are several ways to preserve ginger and keep it fresh for as long as possible, from refrigerating it to baking it. And 5-Minute Crafts is showing you several ways to do it. At the end of the article, you’ll find a bonus feature that shows you how to grow it at home.

1. Refrigerating

With this method, you can preserve ginger for up to 3 weeks.

  • Do not peel the ginger — wrap it well in napkins.
  • Take a Ziploc bag and put the ginger inside of it.
  • Place it in the refrigerator, not in the freezer, but in the drawer where vegetables are kept.

2. Grating

  • Remove the peel from the ginger.

  • Grate it and wrap it in plastic wrap or paper napkins.

  • Put it in a Ziploc bag.

  • Store it in the fridge where the vegetables are placed.

Note: Prepare portions in several bags so you don’t have to take it all out each time you want to use it.

3. Baking

  • Remove the peel from the ginger and grate it.
  • Pour a cup of oil into a baking dish that you can put in the oven, and add some grated ginger.
  • Bake it at a temperature of 150°F (65 °C) for an estimated 2 hours.
  • Take it out of the oven and let it cool down.
  • Once it’s cold, strain it, and pour it into a bottle.

4. Dehydrating

  • Peel the ginger and cut it into slices.
  • Place it on a plate or in a container that you can put in the oven, keeping the slices separated.
  • Microwave it for 90 seconds.
  • Remove it from the oven. The slices should be dry and crispy.

Note: With this method, the ginger pieces may lose some of their properties.

5. Sugar coating

  • Remove the peel from the ginger and cut it into thin slices.
  • Place it in a pot with water over high heat until it boils.
  • Lower the heat and let it boil for 10 minutes.
  • Remove and strain.
  • Place 3.5 oz (100 g) of sugar in 1.7 fl oz (50 ml) of water and put it over low heat for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the ginger to the syrup.
  • Leave it on low heat for 30 minutes.
  • Take them out and pass them through a plate with sugar. You can store them in a glass container, in or out of the refrigerator.

Bonus: how to grow ginger at home

  • Cut the ginger into pieces and soak it for a day. This way, it will absorb the moisture it needs.
  • Remove it, place it in a pot with soil, and cover it.
  • It’s important to water it frequently, every 2 or 3 days.
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