Learn how to store ginger to keep it fresh! Whether you buy it in bulk and freeze it for later, have a bit left over from a recipe, or just want to know how to tell if it’s spoiled, we’ve got you covered with the tips below.

ginger root on a table.

What is Ginger? 

Ginger, or ginger root, comes from a plant known as Zingiber officinale. The plant is used whole or as a ground spice and has been used for thousands of years in Chinese and Indian medicine. Ginger adds flavor and aroma, creating vibrant, tangy dishes you’ll love!

Health Benefits of Ginger

Not only full of flavor, ginger is full of health benefits, too. This is largely due to the presence of gingerol, which has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. 

As a result, consuming ginger as part of a well-rounded diet has many health benefits and can: 

  • Treat nausea
  • Assist with weight loss
  • Reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • Lower blood sugar
  • Reduce menstrual pain 
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Reduce the risk of cancer
  • Protect against Alzheimer’s disease
  • Fight infections 
overhead image of peeled ginger in a food processor.

Picking Fresh Ginger from the Store

When buying ginger at the grocery store, there are a few signs to look for including: 

  • Shiny, taut, and thin skin
  • Skin that is free from punctures or discoloration
  • A pungent, spicy smell

How to Tell if Ginger Has Gone Bad 

The easiest way to tell if your ginger has gone bad is to look for changes in its appearance. For instance, it’s not great to use if there are blemishes and it definitely needs to be tossed if you spot mold. 

In addition, if the ginger root is soft or mushy to the touch, it’s best to throw it out. 

a spoonful of grated ginger root over a food processor of grated ginger.

How to Store Fresh Ginger Root

Ginger root will start to rot within a week if left at room temperature. So, if you have a lot of ginger and want to use it over several weeks or months, it’s important to store it properly for preservation purposes.

Leave fresh ginger unpeeled until you’re ready to use it. You can store whole ginger loose at room temperature or transfer it to an airtight container or sealable bag and place it in the crisp drawer of your fridge. 

Whole ginger will stay fresh for up to three weeks in the fridge. 

How to Store Peeled Ginger

Once peeled and exposed to oxygen, ginger has a shorter shelf-life. To keep it fresh for longer, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. Then, place it in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. 

Stored this way, peeled ginger will stay fresh for up to two to three weeks. 

How to Store Minced Ginger

Mincing ginger ahead of time is a great way to make meals quick and easy! Once minced, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. 

Can You Freeze Ginger? 

Yes, you can freeze ginger whole, in pieces, or in paste form. Follow the tips below for each method, to keep it stored for a long time. 

  • Whole Ginger: Wrap unpeeled ginger tightly with plastic wrap. Then, store it in a sealable plastic bag or a freezer-safe container. Freeze for three to four months. 
  • Cut Ginger: Slice your ginger root into pieces. Then, wrap them in plastic, and transfer the pieces to a sealable bag or airtight container. Freeze for three to four months. 
  • Paste: Peel fresh ginger, cut it into chunks, and puree it in a food processor. Transfer the paste to an ice cube tray, and freeze. Then, transfer the cubes to a sealable bag, and freeze for three to four months. 

Thaw frozen ginger in the fridge overnight, or use it straight from the freezer!

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grated ginger in a ziploc bag portioned into 15 squares.

Common Questions When Learning How to Store Ginger

Does ginger need to be refrigerated? 

You do not have to store unpeeled ginger in the fridge. However, you should refrigerate it once peeled, sliced, or pureed. 

How long does raw ginger last in the fridge? 

Whole ginger will stay fresh in the fridge for about three weeks. 

Do you need to peel ginger? 

Ginger skin is safe to consume, but most people prefer to peel it as it can be difficult to chew. 

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