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How to Peel Ginger

Simple Tip: Peel Ginger With a Spoon

A couple of weeks ago, I had a very hard time peeling fresh ginger. It was so nubby, I had to cut chunks off before I could properly peel it with my everyday vegetable peeler. I felt so bad about wasting so much ginger that over the weekend, when I needed to peel lots of it for a cocktail, I decided to try a new technique. Instead of using a peeler or knife, I scrapped the rough, papery skin off with a small spoon. It worked like magic! Now, I'll always peel ginger with a spoon.

Do you have a tip for cooking with ginger? Please share it below.

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GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
Sweet I will use this tip since I love ginger.
muse2323 muse2323 7 years
Ginger, like most produce where I live, seems overpriced, so imagine my delight when it was on sale this week! I bought three big pieces. I will peel them--with a knife, chopping off the knobs because usually the knobs are old and shriveled enough not to be worth the hassle--and wrap them in cling wrap and freeze them; the ginger keeps well this way, and I find it's much easier to chop half-frozen ginger than "fresh," room-temp ginger.
Sasorisa Sasorisa 7 years
Tip: Use a beer cap to take the skin off.
mermei mermei 7 years
I live in China, and it is so desperately cheap here that I confess I don't worry much about wasting it. I'll usually peel with a knife, but if I get impatient I just cut knobs off. Oh the shame....
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I've always peeled it with a spoon. I didn't know people used anything else to peel it with.
Food Food 7 years
I do this all the time, too. Interestingly enough, I also read (many years ago, in the Wall Street Journal) that peeling ginger is unnecessary as long as you give it a good wash.
hyzenthlay20 hyzenthlay20 7 years
I've used the spoon trick for several years (as long as I have been cooking with ginger). My other favorite trick is to use a microplane to grate the ginger directly into whatever I am making. It really breaks down the fibers easily and all that juice goes directly into the dish as well!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i don't like the taste that much, but i sometimes use it for certain recipes...my tip would be, buy Gourmet Garden!
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