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Can You Freeze Ginger? 3 Ways to Go About It

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Wondering if you can freeze ginger? It’s actually one of the best ways to store the aromatic rhizome. Let’s take a look at how to freeze ginger.

If you frequently cook with ginger, you’ve probably found yourself in a situation where you have more ginger than you can possibly use in one go. This is partially due to the fact that the rhizomes are often sold in such large quantities. However, ginger has plenty of health benefits, so having too much of it can certainly be a good thing. Did you know you can freeze ginger? It’s the best way to help preserve it until you’re ready to use it in delicious dishes like vegan dan dan noodles or vegan chop suey

Freeze Ginger Whole

It's a good idea to wash your ginger before freezing it whole.
It’s a good idea to wash your ginger before freezing it whole.
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If you aren’t sure how you’re going to use your ginger in the future, freezing it whole is the best way to go. This allows you to be more flexible when you need to use it. For the most part, you don’t need to peel ginger before freezing it, but you may want to depending on how you’ll use it later. 

Simply wash and dry the piece of ginger you have, and place it in a reusable freezer bag or airtight container. When you’re ready to use, you can grate, slice, or chop frozen ginger and add it right into your dishes. 

Freeze Sliced Ginger

You can freeze sliced ginger, and you don't even have to peel it beforehand.
You can freeze sliced ginger, and you don’t even have to peel it beforehand.
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Sliced ginger is great to use for things like infused ginger water, ginger tea, or anything that will be blended or pureed before consuming, like smoothies, sauces, or soups. Wash or peel the ginger before slicing it into thin slices, then lay the slices out on a baking tray to flash freeze. After the slices are frozen, you can add them to a reusable freezer bag or airtight container. 

Freeze Minced, Grated, or Puréed Ginger

Using the fine side of a box grater is a great way to process ginger.
Using the fine side of a box grater is a great way to process ginger.
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Minced ginger is the most common form used in cooking, and the good news is that you can freeze minced ginger. All you have to do before freezing is to mince it into fine pieces, and then add it to a reusable freezer bag.

If you’d like to freeze ginger purée, add minced ginger to a food processor or blender and blitz until smooth – if you add whole ginger into a blender, it will be very stringy. Portion the purée out into an ice cube tray, and freeze. Once the cubes have fully frozen, remove them from the tray, and add to an airtight container. 

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