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.
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.
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.
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
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.