how to peel ginger

You’re not alone if you’ve ever struggled to peel a gnarly twisted piece of ginger. However, learning how to peel ginger is extremely simple.

If you’re like us, ginger is a staple ingredient in your kitchen. We love its warm spicy taste and health-boosting properties. Ginger root is the rhizome of the ginger plant and it’s been used as a spice and medicine for centuries, starting in ancient China. Over the years it’s been credited with relieving nausea, loss of appetite, pain and motion sickness. Ginger’s phenolic compounds appear to relieve gastrointestinal issues and are a known digestive aid. Its apparent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are yet another reason ginger is considered by many to be a superfood.

Fresh ginger is versatile in the kitchen and adds a punch of flavor, as well as a little heat, to any dish. We love it in everything from our butternut pear soup with spiced chickpeas to our colorful apple berry smoothie bowl (and let’s not forget the Ayurvedic kitchari). Don’t let its rough exterior intimidate you. Armed with a little knowledge, using fresh ginger every day is easy and very rewarding.

how to peel ginger - apple berry smoothie bowl
Apple Berry Smoothie Bowl

Instructions on how to peel ginger

Peeling ginger is simpler than you think and only requires one implement: a spoon. Here’s how to do it:
1. Hold your ginger firmly in one hand
2. Use the other hand to scrape the skin off using the tip of spoon

That’s it? Yes, it’s that easy. But here are extra tips to help you make the most of your ginger:

  • Only peel what you need. Ginger will dry up once it’s cut or peeled, so avoid peeling more than required for the recipe you’re making. Slice off a piece about the right size and start there. You can always add more if you need to.
  • Use a tablespoon if peeling larger pieces of ginger and prefer a teaspoon for getting into the nooks and crannies and around the little nubs of the ginger root.
  • Cut off the “branches” of the ginger and peel them in separate segments. It helps eliminate the nooks and crannies issue altogether.
  • Meg’s tip for storing extra ginger is to slice it, unpeeled, and place it in the freezer. Take out slices as you need them and scrape the frozen peel off with a knife. The slices can be used to flavor your morning lemon water (pictured above), or grated, chopped, etc. and used to take your next meal to new heights.

Congratulations, you’ll never fight to peel a piece of ginger again!