This knobby rhizome, available in fresh form and dried, is a mainstay of Asian and Indian cuisines. It is prized for its sweet,
warm, peppery-spicy taste and the rich aroma it imparts to foods.
How to Choose Ginger
Fresh ginger (aka gingerroot) should have smooth skin (wrinkled skin indicates that the root is old), be plump and hard, and have a spicy scent.
How to Store Ginger
Store unpeeled fresh ginger, tightly wrapped, in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks; or freeze it, tightly wrapped, for up to 6 months. Ground or dried ginger can be stored in a cool, dry, dark place for up to 2 years.
How to Prepare Ginger
Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin from however large a section of the root you need.
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