Ginger root is a great ingredient to have on hand, and when stored properly, it’ll keep for a long time. When you buy ginger root, it may be sold refrigerated or at room temperature. Decide how long you’d like to store your ginger then follow these tips to keep it fresh.
Ginger also offers numerous health benefits, including boosting your immune system and reducing your risk of heart disease. In fact, research suggests that just one tablespoon of freshly grated ginger per day could have significant effects on your overall health! So if you don’t already have a jar of organic ground ginger tucked away in your pantry, this article’s for you!

Ways to Store Ginger Root

You can store fresh ginger root in multiple ways, depending on how and when you plan to use the ginger:

– Counter

If you are planning on using the entire ginger root within a few days, then you can store the ginger in a cool, dark place, such as on your kitchen counter away from the sun.

– Fridge:

Place the ginger in a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container, and put the bag in the crisper drawer. When properly stored, fresh ginger can last more than a month in the refrigerator. Peeled ginger will only last about two to three weeks, so the best way to store ginger in the fridge is to keep it unpeeled.

– Pickling

You can pickle fresh ginger. Peel the ginger using a peeler, then slice it thinly. Place the cut ginger in a glass jar filled with equal parts vinegar, sugar, and water (you can adjust this mixture to suit your taste). Store pickled ginger in the refrigerator for up to two months.

– Preserving in Spirits

If you accidentally peeled more ginger than you need, you can preserve the extra piece by placing it in a small glass jar and adding enough vodka or sherry to cover it completely. It should keep for several weeks this way. Toss it out when the alcohol starts to look cloudy—that’s an indication that mold or bacteria may be present.

– Planting in a Pot

For a never-ending supply of ginger, plant a ginger root in a small pot and keep it on the windowsill. It’ll send up shoots and leaves just like any other houseplant. Whenever you need ginger for a recipe, lift the plant; cut off a piece of the root, and return it to its pot—it won’t hurt the plant a bit. As long as you keep your plant watered, you’ll never run out of ginger.

Tips to remember

– Once you have peeled the ginger or sliced into it, you can no longer store it at room temperature. To make it last longer, you will have to freeze or refrigerate it.
– Ginger can easily last up to three weeks in the refrigerator, provided it has not been exposed to air and moisture.
– Ginger can be stored in large chunks in the freezer, but remember to keep them in an air tight container.