Fresh ginger. It's really the ultimate way to use this ancient kitchen and medicinal root. Native to Southeast Asia, it is renown for its aromatic qualities, not to mention it's tremendous use as a medicinal spice. And fresh ginger is not only superior in flavor but contains higher levels of gingerol as well as ginger's active protease (it's anti-inflammatory compound.)
Typically fresh ginger will last 3 weeks in the refrigerator if left unpeeled. However, I tend to not use it that quickly at times. So, if you want to be be sure of keeping your fresh ginger "fresh," then here's a method I found from somewhere on the internet that has been working well for me.
I needed a method of storage that would work long-term and wasn't too fussy. There are many methods out there and I've tried a few, but this one seems to fit the bill for me. So far, my ginger has been storing well using this method going on a month and half. It still is looking good too. So without further adieu, here it is...
First, get a clean paper towel. Lay your ginger root at one end of it and start to tightly roll, forming the paper towel to the ginger.
Once that's done, get a piece of plastic wrap and starting at one end, roll your paper-towel wrapped ginger root. Again forming the plastic to the shape of the root as you roll.
You'll want to get it as tight as you can in order to keep out the air.
Wha-La...the finished package. Yes, it looks like a spider web wrapped cocoon of some type but that's okay. It's supposed to look this way.
Store your wrapped ginger root on a shelf in the refrigerator where it can be seen and maintained if the plastic wrap comes loose. You will also want to rewrap it everytime you use the root. Make sure to change out the paper towel if you notice it becoming too damp. I wasn't doing this and found some mold on one of my roots. I just cut out the mold parts and rewrapped in a fresh towel. Also make sure to rewrap it so it stays airtight after every use.