How to Dry Ginger

by Greenthumb on December 1, 2011

 

Gingerbread Cookie Boy and Girl

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread men, exotic recipes and spicy herbal tea blends.

What do they have in common?

Ginger!

Did you know you can dry ginger at home?  Yep, it’s easy.

Whether you’ve grown your own or bought it at the store you can dry and make your own ginger powder.

Ginger root and Lemon

Ginger root and Lemon

You don’t need any special equipment, although a dehydrator makes the job a breeze.

Here’s how to do it:

Rinse ginger and peel off any blemished or dirty ginger skin.

Fresh Ginger Slices

Sliced Ginger

Slice ginger. 1/4 ” thin slices -or slightly thinner- seem to dry fairly quickly and evenly.

Drying Ginger and Fruit

Drying Ginger and Fruit for Teas

Place slices on dehydrator trays or in the oven (on the lowest possible setting) and dehydrate until pieces are dry and crisp.

This may take up to 6-8 hours depending on your settings and the thickness of your ginger slices.

Ceramic mortar and pestle

Mortar and Pestle

Once the ginger is dry and cool you can powder the slices using a mortar and pestle, coffee mill, or a food processor.

Store powdered ginger in jars away from heat and light. I like to tuck some away in the freezer,too.

Ginger Powder w Ginger Root

Ground Ginger Powder

As with all dried herbs, always be sure that your finished product is completely dry before storing to prevent mold from growing!

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Pennie June 23, 2013 at 1:21 pm

If I want my ginger in small pieces not power should I chop it before drying or try crushing it after it’s dried? Thank you.

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Greenthumb July 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Hi Pennie, you can crush it after drying, or you can cut it into checks and dry it that way. Either works! :)

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Joyce LeBlanc March 12, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Thank you for the information . Please keep it coming .

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Dennis January 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm

I’ve been dehydrating various fruits, vegetables and herbs for years, but I haven’t tried ginger. Is there a strong odor when dehydrating ginger…like chile peppers..?

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Greenthumb January 20, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Hmm, I don’t think so Dennis- the fragrance is much more mild and pleasant to my nose, but yours might disagree! If you try it, let me know what you think.

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Cheryl November 11, 2012 at 4:42 am

Thank you so much for this inspiration!

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Greenthumb November 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm

My pleasure, Cheryl!

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