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I have to grate lots of ginger for a chicken recipe (Ina Garten --Indonesian Ginger Chicken) for a crowd. Is it really necessary to peel the ginger first? Also, a friend told me it helps with the grating if I freeze the ginger first. I'm a ginger novice! Thanks in advance.

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  1. I use my microplane for grating ginger, fresh or frozen, and no, I don't always peel it first.

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    1. re: Amy G.

      I think if you use a microplane you don't have to worry about freezing.

    2. Also, a friend told me it helps with the grating if I freeze the ginger first. Depends on the grater, I am unable to grate frozen ginger.

      As far as peeling, I do. But, I don't wash ginger.

      1. i do peel my ginger. scraping the peel off with a spoon or just slicing with a paring knife is pretty easy. microplanes are great for grating it--you pretty much get a juicy pulp. if you come across one inan Asian market, there are these creamic or metal ginger graters that are terrific. there's no need to freeze it if the blades/teeth are sharp enough.

        1. If the ginger is really fresh I don't always peel it, however the skin at the "joints" of the branches can be tough.

          I don't find frozen ginger any easier to grate than fresh

          1. I find that feezing ginger alters its texture and doesn't help with the grating. I agree with the other posters that the microplane makes quick and easy work of it.