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 comments on “How to Peel Ginger

  1. Pingback: Ginger | ArtfulExistence

  2. juneposted February 28, 2014 at 9:20 am Reply

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

  3. Phyllis Sullivanposted December 6, 2013 at 7:17 pm Reply

    Can ginger be frozen?

    • Phyllis Sullivanposted December 6, 2013 at 7:18 pm Reply

      Can ginger be frozen?

      • Sharonposted February 13, 2014 at 11:54 pm

        I freeze it all the time.

  4. Phyllis Sullivanposted December 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm Reply

    Can you freeze ginger?

  5. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted September 10, 2013 at 6:19 pm Reply

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

  6. frye boots saleposted September 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm Reply

    I only knew the spoon trick. everything else was new

  7. Shainaposted September 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm Reply

    Love the spoon tip!

  8. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted September 2, 2013 at 7:34 am Reply

    I just love your tutorials, Sommer!

  9. Tamannaposted August 31, 2013 at 10:20 am Reply

    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 !

  10. Nutmeg Nannyposted August 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm Reply

    This tutorial is perfect! I love ginger :)

  11. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted August 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm Reply

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

  12. Kelly Senyei | Just a Tasteposted August 30, 2013 at 10:42 am Reply

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

  13. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted August 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm Reply

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

  14. ashley - Baker by Natureposted August 29, 2013 at 8:24 am Reply

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

  15. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted August 29, 2013 at 7:02 am Reply

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

  16. Mariaposted August 29, 2013 at 6:41 am Reply

    Great tip! I love ginger!

  17. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted August 29, 2013 at 1:39 am Reply

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

  18. Aimeeposted August 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm Reply

    Super helpful, Sommer. Pinned!

  19. Marlyposted August 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm Reply

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

  20. Gabyposted August 28, 2013 at 11:54 am Reply

    great tutorial!!

  21. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted August 28, 2013 at 9:44 am Reply

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

  22. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted August 28, 2013 at 9:37 am Reply

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

  23. Marian (Sweetopia)posted August 28, 2013 at 9:14 am Reply

    Love your informative posts, Sommer!

  24. marlaposted August 28, 2013 at 9:12 am Reply

    I totally needed to read these tips ~ thanks girl!

  25. Heather Christoposted August 28, 2013 at 9:09 am Reply

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

  26. Tammelaposted August 28, 2013 at 9:03 am Reply

    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.

  27. Chrisposted August 28, 2013 at 8:07 am Reply

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

    Great tips, especially on the skin.

  28. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted August 28, 2013 at 7:38 am Reply

    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!

  29. Julie @ Table for Twoposted August 28, 2013 at 7:37 am Reply

    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!!

  30. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted August 28, 2013 at 7:22 am Reply

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

  31. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted August 28, 2013 at 6:50 am Reply

    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!!

  32. Jeanetteposted August 28, 2013 at 6:14 am Reply

    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.

  33. Belinda @zomppaposted August 28, 2013 at 6:05 am Reply

    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!