When I first started cooking, there were many things I didn’t know — specialized (and even ‘everyday’) techniques and tips that others have devised as a result of their own experiences. Along the way, I’ve picked up new techniques, including an easy way to peel fresh ginger root. Using a spoon is a safer and easier method of peeling ginger than a knife or a peeler. Because of the ginger root’s knobby shape, the spoon is a better bet than the potential danger of a knife slipping and nicking (or worse) your finger.
You can use the spoon in two different ways: facing you and peeling the ginger towards you (the method I prefer), or facing away from you and peeling down and away from your self on a cutting board. This video demonstrates how to peel ginger using the spoon facing you.
Steps for Success
- Hold the spoon firmly with one hand, so that it “faces” you, as shown. Hold the ginger firmly with the other hand.
- Use the spoon to carve the surface of the ginger toward you, removing a portion of just the top surface of the ginger.
- Set the skin you’ve just peeled from the ginger aside.
- Rotate the ginger and again use the spoon to carve away the skin toward your body, working your way around each knot of the ginger.
- (optional) Make some candied ginger!