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How to Peel Ginger

July  8, 2011

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!

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carol M. July 11, 2011
a grapefruit spoon works well because of its serrated edge
thekoshertomato July 11, 2011
Carol, what does that look like?
mcs3000 July 11, 2011
Genius - thanks. Always struggle with peeling ginger. Love everyone's ideas for storing ginger.
NancyEddy July 10, 2011
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.
thekoshertomato July 11, 2011
Great idea! Thanks for sharing.
thekoshertomato July 10, 2011
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
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!
Helen's A. July 8, 2011
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!
Polly H. July 10, 2011
Best suggestion in a month of Sundays, and thanks, thanks, thanks.
alex.campoe July 8, 2011
I use my potato peeler. It works great.