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How to Peel Ginger

Easy steps for peeling this unevenly textured part of the ginger plant.

As the part of the ginger plant that grows underground, ginger has the ability to grow both new stems and root systems. Ginger has become a very popular ingredient in many cuisines, and can be found in most supermarkets across the United States. When shopping for ginger, look for firm ginger with a smooth skin. Ginger freezes well, but before freezing it is best to break the ginger into smaller pieces (without peeling it). Wrap the pieces tightly and individually, and place in the freezer for up to six months.

1. Peeling or scraping ginger with a spoon is one of the most common ways to peel ginger. The skin is thin and scrapes off easily. Some people use a common vegetable peeler to peel ginger. Using a peeler will create more waste than is necessary. We used a large piece or a “hand” of ginger, and a common spoon to illustrate this method. Rarely would you ever need to peel this much ginger.

    2. Scrape the ginger with the inside of a spoon, getting the edge of the spoon into the crevices of the ginger.

      3. The skin will come off with a gentle scrape.

        4. Once complete, you will notice the ginger looks almost identical to how it looked before peeling. Removing the skin of ginger does not alter the shape the original piece of ginger held.

        Your new ginger peeling skills will come in handy when you make these recipes: 

        Oct. 8, 2009 4:10 am
        Thank you so much for the fabulous ginger recipes, I really appreciate them as I love cooking with it, & making drinks, especially ginger beer, which is one of our traditional Christmas beverages here in Guyana, South America. Do keep up the good work. Continued blessings to all of you at "Recipes"
        Oct. 8, 2009 4:14 am
        I forgot to mention the tips, that's so welcomed, anything & everything on ginger is/was appreciated. Special thanks
        Jan. 24, 2010 8:29 am
        Thanks for the tip on peeling with a spoon. I've been using a peeler and, yes, it does create a lot of waste. This will come in handy when I tackle making candied ginger.
        Jul. 3, 2010 10:14 pm
        Thanks so much for this tip. Why didn't I look here before?
        Hunter Mars 
        Feb. 16, 2011 4:06 pm
        Great ! Thank you .Lining up my ingredients for 'Ginger Beer ' First time .
        Oct. 15, 2011 10:41 am
        About to make carrot/ginger soup - thanks!
        Mar. 8, 2012 9:56 am
        I LOVE ginger! If anyone is interested this is a great site I found with recipes to make dishes and drinks! Enjoy =)
        Jul. 21, 2013 9:15 am
        American chefs will all tell you to peel ginger, but my relatives from India (via marriage) have taught me that you really do not need to peel ginger. I keep mine in a plastic baggie, completely unpeeled, in the freezer. When I need some I get it out and grate with a microplane grater, peel and all. It's very easy to grate when frozen. The peel has good ginger flavor and when grated you can't tell any texture difference, so why waste all that good flavor?
        Feb. 14, 2015 9:20 am
        I like to peel the ginger roots because of the fibers that are tough. I use the peels for making ginger lemon tea – better than any bought one. I also sometimes use a steel dish scrubbing pad (I do this with carrots and potatoes etc., too), and it is almost no waste.
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