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What’s the best way to store fresh ginger?

Q: I never seem to have fresh ginger when I need it. What is the best way to store fresh ginger, and how long will it last?

A: You can refrigerate unpeeled gingerroot, tightly wrapped, for up to 3 weeks, according to “The New Food Lover’s Companion.” You can freeze it for 6 months. To use the frozen root, slice off an unthawed piece as big as you need and putting the remainder back in the freezer.

Peeled ginger can be placed in a lidded glass jar, covered with dry sherry or Madeira, and refrigerated for up to 3 months, the Companion notes. “The wine will impart some of its flavor to the ginger, a minor disadvantage to weigh against having peeled ginger ready and waiting. On the plus side, the delicious ginger-flavored wine can be reused for cooking.”

Another factor to consider: Buy only what you think you can reasonably use. That can be a challenge if all you find in the produce bin are roots as big as antlers. What I do – and this may violate all rules of ginger etiquette – is simply snap off a piece roughly the size I want. Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune

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