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How to store ginger without plastic

How to store ginger without plastic

"Proper" food storage tips often call for plastic. When I was shredding ginger for my Moscow Mule, I asked google how to properly store ginger. To my surprise, the top method suggested a plastic bag. That's when I decided I would find the best ways on how to store ginger without plastic. Here's what I found.

So how do you store ginger without plastic? To store ginger without plastic, keep the ginger root uncut, and with the skin on. Place the whole ginger root into a reusable silicone freezer bag, remove the air, and place it in the crisper drawer of the fridge. If part of the ginger has been peeled or cut off, dry it with a cloth before storing.

Ginger stored in a reusable freezer bag in the crisper drawer of the fridge, with the air removed, will last up to a month. If you use the same method and place it in the freezer, it will last up to 3 months. This isn't the only way to properly store ginger, let's look into some other ways we can sustainably keep ginger fresh.

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Other ways to store ginger without plastic

Ginger has so many known health benefits, you don't want any to go to waste! Luckily, there's multiple ways to store ginger. If one method doesn't work for you, know that the other plastic free ginger storage methods will work just as well! All of the following methods work best if the ginger is left uncut, with the skin on. Here's a table of the best ways to store ginger without plastic.


How long it lasts


In jar

of vodka

2 months


On a plate

1 week




4 months


Reusable freezer


1 month


Reusable freezer


3 months


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Regrowing ginger is probably the most sustainable method, you can regrow it forever! The harvest time is about 4 months after you plant it. Want to learn how to regrow ginger? I found this awesome video on how to regrow ginger, take a look!

How do you store fresh ginger without refrigeration?

One of the methods I listed on how to store ginger without plastic was on the countertop at room temperature. This is a great way to store ginger if you know you'll use it within a week. Here's how you can store fresh ginger without refrigeration.

  1. Keep ginger root uncut with the skin on. If it's cut, blot dry with a cloth
  2. Place ginger root on a plate on countertop
  3. Will last up to a week, after that the skin will start to shrivel and the root will soften. At this point, place into a reusable silicone freezer bag, remove the air, then put into the fridge.

And that's how you can store fresh ginger without refrigeration, and without plastic!

Another way to keep ginger fresh in the fridge is to wrap it tightly with a reusable wax wrap. Simply lay the reusable wax wrap down on a flat surface, place the ginger root in the middle, and roll the ginger root up like a burrito.

Make sure that every part of the ginger root is covered with reusable wax wrap, then store that in the fridge.

The best reusable wax wrap for storing ginger is this vegan reusable wax wrap, made to be extra clingy and malleable to perfectly seal and preserve food.

Best reusable silicone freezer bag for storing ginger

My favourite way to store ginger is to place it in a reusable freezer bag, removing the air, then placing it in the crisper drawer of the fridge. The trick to this method is having the right reusable freezer bag!

The best reusable silicone freezer bag for storing ginger is a 500ml silicone freezer bag that's small enough to allow a ginger root to snuggly fit in the bag, but not so small that it's too difficult to put in and take the ginger root out. Make sure you get a silicone freezer bag that is dishwasher safe for an easy cleanup, made from food-grade silicone, and is BPA-free, lead-free, and phthalate-free.

To remove the air from your freezer bag, simply seal the opening 90% with a little room for a reusable straw to fit in. Place the end of a reusable straw in the bag, and suck the air out. Next, remove the straw and seal the rest of the bag off!


It's 100% possible to store ginger plastic free, and to have it last awhile! There's multiple ways to do it, so you can pick which method works best for you. If you learned something new from this post, please share it on social media! That way others can learn something too!

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