Shelf Life of
Ginger

How Long Does Ginger Last?

How Long Does Ginger Last?

Ginger Shelf Life

How long does ginger last? Raw plant root, like most other fresh vegetables does not have a sell by date, use by date, or best before date so you have to go with purchase date. Ginger comes in many different forms including: root, fresh, chopped, paste, pickled, crystallized, powder and salt with each form having a different expiration date. Ginger has a fairly long shelf life and a concentrated flavor adaptable to many different foods and cultures. It is a spice used worldwide.

So, how long does ginger last? When properly stored, the shelf life of ginger is approximately…

Pantry Fridge Freezer
Fresh Ginger Root lasts for 1 Week 1 Month 3 Months
Peeled Chopped Ginger* last for 1 Week*
Ginger Paste lasts for 1 Month 3 Months
Past Printed Date Past Printed Date Past Printed Date
Prepared Jar of Chopped Ginger lasts for 2-3 Months (Unopened Only) 2-3 Months
Pickled Ginger (Gari) lasts for 2-3 Months
Ground Ginger (Powder) lasts for 2-3 Years
Crystallized Ginger lasts for 2-3 Years



Of course, ginger lasts for a shorter period of time if it is not stored properly. It makes little difference for all forms whether it is opened or unopened, as long as it properly re-sealed. Basically root is purchased opened because the root that you got is actually a “finger” from the “hand” of ginger (unless you purchase and use a ton!).
*The shelf life of peeled ginger can be extended to 2-3 Months if stored as suggested below in the how to store ginger section.

How to tell if ginger is bad, rotten or spoiled?

Practicing proper hygiene and food safety discipline will help prevent food borne illness. Although not a perfect test, sight is the best way to tell if your ginger root has gone bad. Some common traits of ginger root going bad are a soft and moist texture. The cut end of the root will eventually become moldy and unsafe to eat.

Peeled and cut ginger will darken around the edges as it is going bad.

There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled foods, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your foods prior to their eat by dates.

How to store ginger to extend its shelf life?

Proper food storage is the key to extending the expiration date of foods. To extend the shelf life of ginger it is best to store the raw root with the brown skin intact in the refrigerator in a sealed brown bag in the vegetable drawer.

*Once the ginger root has been peeled and sliced or chopped, the best choice to extend the shelf life of chopped ginger is to add a little dry sherry and store it in a sealed jar in the refrigerator. You can later use the sherry to flavor your stir fry when the ginger is gone! (just another example of using good food)

Peeled and grated ginger should be mixed with salt to make a paste and then stored in a sealed plastic container in the refrigerator or freezer.

Dried, ground, or crystallized ginger should be stored in a cool dark pantry in a sealed container. Spices with the moisture removed do not really go bad (unless they get wet), but they loose their potency over time and will no longer add flavor to food. If the aroma is gone, the flavor is most likely also gone from the dried ginger.

Some benefits of proper food storage include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste.

What to do if you have too much ginger about to go bad?

  • It can be also be frozen for a longer shelf life, either whole or in a paste with salt added. Both options should be wrapped in plastic wrap and then stored in a freezer safe container. Spread the paste on a sheet of plastic wrap and then roll the wrap so that small quantities can be unfrozen as needed.
  • Ginger has antiseptic qualities. In Japan pickled ginger is called Gari and is used to cleanse the palate between flavors when eating sushi.
  • How long is ginger good for when prepared in a dish?

    How long does ginger last? That depends. How long do bakery products last? In general, ginger lasts only as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the recipe. To find out how long those other ingredients are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below!

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    What are our shelf life resources?

    Our content incorporates research from multiple resources, including the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Food & Drug Administration. In addition, we scoured the web for informative articles and reports related to food safety, food storage and the shelf life of ginger.

    *An important note about expiration dates …

    Although the how long does ginger last information on Eat By Date is generally reliable, please remember that individual cases will vary and our advice should only be taken as an opinion and not replace the advice of your health care provider. Please eat responsibly!