The Right Way to Peel Ginger   

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May 13 2014 10:11 AM

The Right Way to Peel Ginger   

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Minced fresh ginger lends an incomparable piquancy to curries, stir-fries, soups, cookies, cocktails, and more. But before you can mince fresh ginger, you need to peel it, and ginger’s knobbly, uneven shape makes peeling difficult.

The usual suspects don’t do a great job when it comes to ginger: A regular vegetable peeler takes off way too much of the valuable flesh but isn’t precise enough to get into ginger’s nooks and crannies. If you use a paring knife, you risk taking a chunk of your finger off. Some people tell you to freeze ginger and then grate it with a Microplane grater (which allegedly separates the peel from the flesh), but ginger’s meat is too fibrous to yield easily to a Microplane.

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The best way I've found to peel ginger is with a utensil you certainly already have, even if you never cook:*

Try fresh ginger in Slate’s recipes for vegetarian dumplings, palak paneer, or stir-fried tofu, asparagus, and shiitakes.

Correction, May 14, 2014: This post originally used the word “grate” instead of the word “peel.”

L.V. Anderson is a Slate assistant editor. She edits Slate's food and drink sections and writes Brow Beat's recipe column, You're Doing It Wrong. 

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