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How to Peel Ginger

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All those little nooks and nubs make peeling ginger with a paring knife a veritable finger tip-threatening nightmare. And think of the waste! Intolerable. Here's how we tackle the challenge with nothing more than a small spoon (a hotly debated method): you use the spoon's edge to quickly scrape away the root's surprisingly thin skin. It's so safe you could even enlist the wee folk for this task!

This week's videos were once again shot and edited our videographer Elena Parker (who now produces our bi-weekly Dinner & a Movie column as well!).

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about 4 years ago carol moola

a grapefruit spoon works well because of its serrated edge


about 4 years ago thekoshertomato

Carol, what does that look like?


about 4 years ago mcs3000

Genius - thanks. Always struggle with peeling ginger. Love everyone's ideas for storing ginger.


about 4 years ago NancyEddy

If you peel more than you can use, put the leftovers in a jar and fill it with sherry--then refrigerate. (I learned this from my Chinese cooking teacher years ago.) The ginger-sherry liquid can then be added to stir frys.


about 4 years ago thekoshertomato

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.


about 4 years ago thekoshertomato

I am on the fence with the whole spoon thing.

I feel like the spoon is a good idea in theory - but it is much faster (in my opinion) to use my rapid peeler down the flat sides of the ginger and then I save those little knobs (to crush and release the essential oils) in my marinades along with crushed garlic. Or I sometimes use them just to infuse flavor in other things, such as simple syrups or tea.

I posted a bit here http://www.thekoshertomato...
and maybe I was harsh, but I guess there are just different ways of doing things for different people? Who cares, when you get that beautiful fragrant ginger smell around you!


about 4 years ago Helen's All Night Diner

I usually keep my ginger in the freezer in a zip top bag. I usually end up grating it on the microplane, peel and all. This is a great idea for the times when I use fresh ginger. Thanks!


about 4 years ago Polly Husted

Best suggestion in a month of Sundays, and thanks, thanks, thanks.


about 4 years ago alex.campoe

I use my potato peeler. It works great.