Freezing Ginger to Reduce Waste

I love the flavor that fresh ginger lends a dish, but I can never use up ginger before it goes bad. I have come to a compromise. I buy fresh ginger and use it from the refrigerator for a week or two. Then I place it in a Pyrex container and store it in the freezer. It keeps in the freezer for 4 -6 months. Freezing ginger not only reduces waste, but saves money.

One benefit that I have to discovered of frozen ginger is it is easier to grate ginger when frozen. Just peel the outer skin and grate – it will produce a  fine grate, without any stringiness when frozen.

A few of my favorite recipes that use grated ginger:

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken

White Ruffy in Ginger Teriyaki Sauce

Orange Ginger Stir-Fry Over Spaghetti Squash Noodles

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. I bought some this spring, used a little bit, then broke the rest into pieces and planted them. I now have about ten ginger plants coming up in the greenhouse. I am eager to see how they do as a houseplant, I’m sure they would not do well outside in our climate.

  2. I do that, too! I wrap it in plastic wrap for air-tight-ness, then in foil (to keep the plastic from unwrapping in the freezer). It’s a great tip, since I use fresh ginger only occasionally.

  3. I buy fresh ginger always, freezing ginger sounds nice idea, by the way are I am little slow in visiting the blogs like your new look of blog and congrats for .com.

  4. My grandmother taught me this when I was a teenager. I agree it is much easier to grate when it is frozen.

  5. I am using this idea as soon as I quit typing. Love that you shared.

  6. Great tip! I freeze ginger too, but I’ve always peeled and chopped it first and then froze it in 1 Tbsp serving sizes. It never occurred to me that I could freeze it whole.

    • I like the idead of freezing ginger in premeasured amounts. Your way will definitely speed up prep time on busy nights, thanks for sharing it!

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