What is the Shelf Life of Fresh Ginger? 

In this guide, we will address the query “what is the shelf life of fresh ginger?”, We will also address how to store fresh ginger, how can you tell if they have gone bad, if you can moldy ginger, how to use them at home, and will address some of the health benefits of fresh ginger. 

What is the Shelf Life of Fresh Ginger?

The shelf life of fresh ginger is about 1 to 2 weeks in the pantry, 1 month in the fridge, and 3 months in the freezer. 

How to store fresh ginger? 

Ginger lasts for a shorter time if not stored properly. Here are 3 ways to store ginger: 

  • Counter 

If you are planning on using ginger within a few days, you can store the ginger in a cool, dark place away from the sun. 

  • Fridge 

Place your fresh ginger in a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container, and put the bag in the crisp drawer. Do not peel your ginger before storing it in the fridge, this might shorten its shelf life. 

  • Pickling 

Peel and slice your ginger. Place them in a jar filled with equal parts vinegar, sugar, and water. Store the pickled ginger jar in the refrigerator for up to two months. 

  • Freezer 

You can peel the ginger, and place them in a freezer-safe bag for future use. You can also puree the ginger and freeze it as a ginger paste. 

How Can You Tell if Ginger Has Gone Bad? 

Below are some of the signs that ginger has gone bad: 

Mold 

The appearance of spots of mold on the skin or flesh is a sign of spoiled ginger. 

Taste and smell 

When there’s an unpleasant smell coming out from the flesh of the ginger and the strong flavor of the fresh ginger diminishes, you need to discard it. 

Color 

When the ginger is spoiled, the color will turn into dark yellow or grey. Discard it when it changes colors. 

Texture 

The texture of fresh ginger is firm and hard. When it gets soft and mushy, know that it has gone bad and throw it out. 

Can You Eat Moldy Ginger? 

Some people might say you can cut the moldy part and eat the rest. While this might sometimes go in your favor, sometimes it might not. Moldy ginger can seriously harm your liver and cause serious damage to your health. 

Moldy ginger contains a powerful toxin named safrole. It is harmful to our liver and can cause cancer as well. Therefore, whether it is affected wholly or partly, it is better to discard it. 

What are the Different Forms of Ginger? 

Below are the different forms of ginger with their shelf life: 

  • Peeled chopped ginger: 

1 week to 6 months, depending on the storage. But keep in mind the larger the pieces the longer they will last in the refrigerator. 

  • Ginger paste 

The unopened ginger paste will last 6-8 months. Once opened, it will last for a month in the refrigerator.

  • Pickled ginger 

Pickled ginger can last up to 6 months in the refrigerator. 

  • Ground ginger 

If stored properly, it can last about 3-4 years 

  • Crystallized ginger 

It can last up to 3 months if stored in an airtight container in a dark, cool place. 

What Can You Do With Ginger at Home? 

You can prepare many interesting products using ginger, they might take some time, but they are worth it! 

The following are products you can prepare when you have lots of ginger at home: 

Ginger wine 

If you have lots of ginger. You can make wine! But you have to know how to cut your ginger very small and thin. After cutting them, you place them in a jar and fill it with sherry, then stir to remove air bubbles. Then put the airtight lid on the jar or bottle and place it in your pantry. After three months, you can use this wine in many applications, like stir-fries and curry dishes. 

Raw pickled ginger 

If you don’t like wine, you can add vinegar instead to make raw pickled ginger. It’s the same steps as preparing ginger wine. But you don’t have to cut your ginger very small. It can last up to 2 months when stored in the refrigerator. You can add the raw pickled ginger to your salads and other dishes. 

Ginger syrup 

It is a great addition to your drinks! It will make them sweeter and full of flavor. All you have to do is mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of grated ginger. You boil them all and put them on steep for 3 minutes. After that, you sieve to take the syrup. Pour it into a jar or bottle and store it in the refrigerator for up to one month. 

Ginger tea 

Nothing can relax you more than a cup of ginger tea. And you don’t have to go and buy it, you can make this tea at home yourself! You just need 1 slice of fresh ginger, 1 slice of lemon, 1 cup of boiling water, and 2 teaspoons of honey. Soak them all in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Take out the lemon and enjoy your tea. 

What are the Health Benefits of Ginger? 

These are some of the health benefits of ginger: 

  • Contains gingerol, which has powerful medicinal properties 
  • Can treat nausea, especially morning sickness
  • It May help with weight loss 
  • Can help with osteoarthritis 
  • Lower blood sugars and improves heart disease risk factor 
  • Can help with chronic indigestion 
  • Reduce menstrual pain 
  • Lower cholesterol levels 
  • Might prevent cancer 
  • May improve brain function 

Conclusion 

In this guide, we addressed the query “what is the shelf life of fresh ginger?”, We also addressed how to store fresh ginger, how can you tell if they have gone bad, if you can moldy ginger, and how to use them at home, and addressed some of the health benefits of fresh ginger.

Hope you found this guide helpful. If you have any questions, please contact us. 

Citations 

http://www.eatbydate.com/other/spice-menu/how-long-does-ginger-last-shelf-life/ 

https://www.gardenguides.com/12003416-should-i-throw-out-ginger-root-that-has-mold.html

https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-store-fresh-ginger#what-is-ginger

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger#Adding-ginger-to-your-diet

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