How to Peel Ginger Root to Remove Just the Skin

Learning How to Peel Ginger With a Spoon

Learning how to peel ginger to remove the skin quickly allows you to spend less time in the kitchen. Quite frankly, there are different types of ginger and with some; the skin is easier to remove than with others. If you want to use ginger frequently when you are cooking, I recommend that you take steps to make using it more convenient.

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If you don’t like the hassle of peeling ginger, or you hate having to spend an extra minute or two removing the skin when you’re in a hurry, peel enough for three or so days and store it in a Ziploc bag. That way, you still preserve most of the freshness and you can save time.

There are many ways to remove the skin from ginger. Some people like to use a spoon and gently lift just the outer covering off the rhizome. A rhizome is an underground stem. Some people think of ginger as a root but technically, it’s not. Ginger is found underground and this is one of the reasons that many people like to get rid of the skin. They’re concerned about toxins, etc.

Even if you don’t really care about that there are other reasons to take the skin off. After all, many people leave potato and carrot skins on so why not do it with ginger? The skin protects the softer tissue inside and for this reason, it is pretty hard. It has an unpleasant texture- as most people would discover if a bit of it has ever gotten into their dish. If you are cooking something like a soup, that will give the skin of the rhizome enough time to soften so you can leave it on then and see if you like the taste.

How to Quickly Peel and Chop Ginger with a Knife

Peeling Ginger with a Spoon

To use a spoon to peel ginger, look for a utensil that has a thin edge. Rinse the stem carefully, making sure that you remove any bits of dirt that may be lodged in tiny crevices. You may also use a lemon and vinegar wash to remove germs.

Grip the ginger firmly and turn the spoon so that it is belly up. That is, so that the convex side of the bowl is facing you. Scrape the skin off the rhizome using downward movements. Using the spoon helps to ensure that you only remove the papery outer covering.

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