How to Peel Ginger

Happy “How To” Day! We’re learning how to peel ginger the easy way and discussing when you should peel ginger root. You don’t always have to!

How to Peel Ginger Root (and when to peel it) #howto #ginger #cooking

To peel or not to peel, that is the question.

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The grit and bitterness of shriveled ginger peel

Or to take arms against groove and crevice…

How to Peel Ginger Root (and when to peel it) #howto #ginger #cooking

Actually, the decision to peel or not to peel your ginger root, isn’t that difficult.

Look and the skin quality.

If the peel is dry and wrinkled, PEEL. This thick dry skin will add a tough papery texture to your dish and touch of bitterness.

How to Peel Ginger Root (and when to peel it) #howto #ginger #cooking

If the ginger skin is smooth and looks new, don’t worry about peeling. Thin smooth skin won’t effect flavor or texture.

The dry skin means your piece of ginger root is older, while smooth skin is the sign of newly harvested ginger.

Think infant verses granny.

The older piece of ginger may have just as much flavor on the inside, you just don’t want the skin to effect your dish negatively.

How to Peel Ginger Root (and when to peel it) #howto #ginger #cooking

Now let’s talk about…

How to Peel Ginger

There are two common methods, one better than the other.

Most people start out peeling ginger with a veggie peeler.

Although veggie peelers are good for all sorts of things, peeling ginger root is not necessarily one of them. The knobs on ginger roots are usually so close together that the skin in between them is hard to get to with a traditional peeler.

See? It only removes the surface skin.

How to Peel Ginger Root (and when to peel it) #howto #ginger #cooking

But if you use a spoon, the rounded edge of the spoon can fit down into the nooks and crannies of the ginger root.

Just scrape the spoon along the ginger on all sides.

(Another bonus is you don’t have to worry about nicking your hand with the sharp edge of the peeler. I do that all the time… usually when I’m talking and not paying attention.)

How to Peel Ginger Root (and when to peel it) #howto #ginger #cooking

See the difference?

The spoon works down into the grooves and takes ALL the skin off!

How to Peel Ginger Root (and when to peel it) #howto #ginger #cookingColorful Anmut Dishes from Villeroy & Boch.

Now you can slice or grate your ginger and cook away.

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35 Responses to “How to Peel Ginger”

  1. #
    Belinda @zomppa — August 28, 2013 @ 6:05 am

    Good to know! Didn’t know you could leave the skins on…I have never been able to emulate those around me and get the skin off with just a knife!


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    Jeanette — August 28, 2013 @ 6:14 am

    Great post Sommer – so interesting but I don’t think my parents ever peeled ginger before using it, although they probably cut off any dry skin.


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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — August 28, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    I just added a huge nub of ginger to my smoothie!!! You know what’s crazy though? I stopped peeling it last year after an Indian chef told me she never peels it. Lazy much? LOL yes!! Regardless – love this post!!


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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — August 28, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    Great advice!!! Use ginger all the time…sooo good!!!


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    Julie @ Table for Two — August 28, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    Oh I love peeling with a spoon!! It’s one of the greatest ways to peel ginger – thanks for showing this again, it reminded me to check skins before peeling!!


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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 28, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    peeling ginger is definitely not one of my favorite things to do. I feel like I end up peeling off way more than the skin!


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    Chris — August 28, 2013 @ 8:07 am

    You just made me crave stir fry at 10 in the morning. Brat! ;)

    Great tips, especially on the skin.


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    Tammela — August 28, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    Thanks for the tips! I love fresh ginger, and usually peel a root when I buy it, then pop it in a jar with vinegar and a bit of sugar — it’ll keep forever in the fridge.


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    Heather Christo — August 28, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    I only knew the spoon trick. everything else was new. Thanks for the great tid bits!!


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    marla — August 28, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    I totally needed to read these tips ~ thanks girl!


  11. #
    Marian (Sweetopia) — August 28, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    Love your informative posts, Sommer!


  12. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 28, 2013 @ 9:37 am

    Great tips, I’ll be trying the spoon method next time!


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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — August 28, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    Nice tutorial! I generally just use the dull side of a knife to ‘peel’ ginger.


  14. #
    Gaby — August 28, 2013 @ 11:54 am

    great tutorial!!


  15. #
    Marly — August 28, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

    Great instructional post. Ginger is one of my favorite flavors to add to soups and asian style meals. Methinks it is the best!


  16. #
    Aimee — August 28, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    Super helpful, Sommer. Pinned!


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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — August 29, 2013 @ 1:39 am

    I never think to leave the peel on but you’re right the young pieces really don’t need to be peeled.


  18. #
    Maria — August 29, 2013 @ 6:41 am

    Great tip! I love ginger!


  19. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 29, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    I love fresh ginger and I love your tutorial posts. So helpful!


  20. #
    ashley - Baker by Nature — August 29, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    I was literally just wrestling with a knobby hunk of ginger last night! This post will be a go-to for me :) Thanks, lady!


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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — August 29, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    So I’ve never NOT peeled ginger. Interesting. I’ll have to do the infant vs. granny test next time. :)


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    Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste — August 30, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    Love these tips! Thanks so much for sharing, Sommer!


  23. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — August 30, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    This is great, I will be using a spoon from now on!


  24. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — August 30, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    This tutorial is perfect! I love ginger :)


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    Tamanna — August 31, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    wow you wrote everything that my mother taught me. Peeling a ginger used to be a scary thought, but it’s kinda fun! I even engage my kid in it :) Lovely photos to demonstrate !


  26. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — September 2, 2013 @ 7:34 am

    I just love your tutorials, Sommer!


  27. #
    Shaina — September 6, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    Love the spoon tip!


  28. #
    frye boots sale — September 8, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    I only knew the spoon trick. everything else was new


  29. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — September 10, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

    I wish I knew about the spoon method earlier–it works SO much better than a knife or peeler!


  30. #
    Phyllis Sullivan — December 6, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

    Can you freeze ginger?


  31. #
    Phyllis Sullivan — December 6, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

    Can ginger be frozen?


    • Phyllis Sullivan — December 6th, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

      Can ginger be frozen?


      • Sharon — February 13th, 2014 @ 11:54 pm

        I freeze it all the time.

  32. #
    june — February 28, 2014 @ 9:20 am

    If you freeze it can you still use it like fresh?



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