How to peel ginger

February 17th, 2009 by megan · 6 Comments

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Peeling ginger was such a pain (using a swivel peeler) until I learned this simple little technique. Because so much of the ginger flavor is right there next to the thin, thin skin, using a spoon is the way to go. You only get rid of the skin and are able to keep all of the delicious gingery goodness. It’s also easier to navigate around the bumps and nooks of a ginger root using a spoon rather than a peeler.

You’ll need:

Ginger root
A spoon


1. Flip the spoon around so that the convex part of it faces you:


2. Scrape the ginger skin off using the tip of the spoon:



    Asha Feb 28, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Do you wash the ginger first? Sometimes when I wash the ginger it makes it more difficult to peal with a spoon.

    megan Feb 28, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I don’t usually wash it first, actually. If you have really dirty ginger, you could peel it first and then give it a rinse, just to be safe!

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    Isaac Eiland-Hall Jun 14, 2009 at 1:26 pm


    I stumbled across your website as I was following a link trail about Sally Lunn (with hot chocolate, used to be our family’s New Year’s Eve traditional dinner)… I love your basics – they make good sense; and as someone who has cooked since I was eight, but never taken the time to get formal training… I’m going to put each and every tip to good use.

    And this one, in particular – so simple, but I bet it works perfectly.

    Thanks for a wonderful site!

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