Monday, March 16, 2015

How to Make Candied Ginger

We've been getting a produce box from our co-op regularly and naturally there are some items I've never cooked with before... one of those is ginger. Only recently have I started warming up to it's taste in my food, and since I have I've noticed that it really seems to help with my digestion. These candied ginger bits have some serious bite! This is a money saving/preservative free recipe you can make at home for those bouts of indigestion.

Candied Ginger (and Ginger Simple Syrup)

3-4 Ginger Roots
1 cup of water
1 1/4 cups of sugar (plus extra)

1. Peel the ginger using a spoon to scrape off it's skin (much easier than a peeler or a knife)
2. Rinse the ginger, then slice into thin strips. They will mostly remain the same size at the end, so make them as large as you want the finished product to be.
3. Boil the water/sugar mixture, then add the ginger strips and reduce heat. Simmer for 25 minutes.
4. Remove the cooked ginger with a slotted spoon and place it on a rack or cookie sheet to dry (this could take overnight, it did for me) then roll them in extra sugar, if you desire.
5. Pour the syrup into a jar and save it in the fridge for mixing with seltzer to make ginger ale!

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