How to Peel Ginger Root? Fresh ginger root is an ingredient that I keep in my flat at all times and use every other day in cooking, drinks, smoothies, desserts, and so on. After years of peeling ginger (badly) with peelers and a paring knife, I switched to a simple spoon for peeling ginger and haven’t looked back. This blog post will go over a few subjects, such as whether or not you need to peel ginger. How to peel ginger, how to preserve it, and some of my favourite ways to utilise it.
Easy Tips on Ginger Peeling?
I adore ginger because, despite its diminutive size, it packs a powerful punch. Ginger not only has a strong flavor and heat, but it also has numerous health benefits, such as relieving nausea, aiding with stomach and digestive difficulties, and controlling blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol. And that’s not all—you can learn more about ginger’s health advantages in this article.
Do You Need to Peel the Ginger?
It’s widely assumed that ginger must be peeled, and many recipes specifically ask for peeled ginger. However, there are times when peeling ginger isn’t necessary.
In most circumstances, ginger skin is thin enough to be edible. Peeling is frequently done for cosmetic reasons, as well as depending on the age of the ginger. Whereas young ginger has a paper-thin peel that is easier to digest, the skin of aged ginger becomes more papery and rough.
The majority of ginger sold in supermarkets is older. If you’re looking for the younger generation, Asian supermarkets and other marketplaces may be a good place to start.
Few Easy Tips on How to Peel Ginger Root?
When I use organic ginger (particularly for drinks like juices, smoothies, and tea), I leave the skin on, but I peel it if it isn’t organic and for specific recipes. It’s worth noting that, while many people refer to ginger as a root, it’s actually an underground stem known as a ‘rhizome,’ which grows in the same way as potatoes and carrots do.
This means that, as far as I’m aware, if sprayed with pesticides, the entire flesh is damaged, not just the skin. As a result, I always recommend purchasing organic ginger and peeling only when necessary for aesthetic or textural reasons.
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Special Ginger Peeling Instructions
Unfortunately, peeling ginger isn’t as easy as just grabbing a veggie peeler and getting to work. Peelers struggle to get into all the nooks and crannies of the ginger root due to its knobbly, irregular structure. You frequently wind up removing a lot more flesh than you wanted.
Similarly, if you’re a noble with a paring knife, this is a possibility. However, I believe the majority of home chefs would choose a little safer method that does not risk bodily harm. I expose them to the modest spoon.
The spoon’s curved bowl form enables easy access into every nook and corner of the ginger root, and the blunt edge allows you to remove just the skin without removing the flesh. The end result is a well-peeled ginger knob that hasn’t been cut to shreds!
METHOD OF SPOON PEELING
Begin by washing any dirt off the ginger with a scouring brush and a little water, then dry.
The ginger should now be peeled with a spoon. Some folks prefer larger spoons, but I prefer a teaspoon. I find that the best way to do this is to push my thumb into the spoon’s ‘bowl’ form and use the spoon’s edge in firm, downward movements to peel the skin.
For leverage, you can either hold the ginger in your other hand or press it against your counter/chopping board.
You’ll be finished in no time!
- If your ginger is quite old and has been sitting around your house for a while, the skin may typically begin to shrivel. When this happens, it becomes much more difficult to remove the skin with a spoon. In that scenario, it’s time to get back to work with a sharp knife.
- It’s ideal to start with a piece of ginger that’s not too knobbly. This indicates it’s time to rummage through the ginger container at the supermarket/market for the smoothest pieces.
- If there are a few particles of skin remaining on the ginger, don’t worry about being flawless. It’s edible, therefore it’ll be alright.
- If you use organic ginger, the extra peel can be used to flavor stocks and broths, such as this Homemade Vegetable Stock.
HOW SHOULD IT BE KEPT?
Ginger, unpeeled, can be kept at room temperature for a few days. However, I prefer to keep mine in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Ginger can be frozen for up to six months for longer-term storage.
You may also freeze your peeled ginger and grate/slice from it as needed. Alternatively, once peeled, grate or mince your ginger — once grated, freeze sections in a small ice-cube tray. Take a ‘ice cube’ of ginger and add it to whichever meal you choose.