|This is fresh gingerroot. It can be found in most grocery stores in the produce section.|
Another way I use ginger is to candy it, and I try to make a batch of candied ginger at least once a year. I find it to be a delicious preventative medicine during the cold and flu season. It's not hard to make candied ginger, it just takes a little time to prepare.........about 4 days! (but it only takes a few minutes a day......really!)
I buy a couple of pounds of fresh gingerroot at the grocery store. Look for plump, firm roots. Peel and cube or slice the ginger until you have about 2 cups.
|Ginger that I have peeled and am cutting into small chunks.|
On the 3rd day, bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in 1/2 cup sugar, bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Stir in another 1/2 cup sugar and bring to boil again. Remove from heat, cover and let stand overnight.
On the 4th day, bring the mixture to a boil once again. When the ginger is translucent and the syrup has thickened, remove the ginger from the syrup. Put the pieces of ginger out onto a wire rack or screen to dry. The recipe I use tells me to leave the ginger out to dry overnight, but I find that I need to leave it out to dry for a few days. Otherwise, it will all stick together when you store it in a jar or container. The ginger will still feel tacky, so dust it with sugar to keep it from clumping together. Store it in an airtight container.
|Here are the ginger pieces after they have been 'candied'. I put them out to dry on these spatter screens.|
I store the ginger pieces in a small canning jar or a plastic container with a snap on lid. Then I can have a piece of ginger to nibble on when I feel the need. Ginger is very peppery tasting. It has a heat that hits you at the back of the throat. Even though it's hot, it is really good for coughs, colds and sore throats. You can also mince the candied ginger and use it in cooking or add it to tea.
|This is the 'sauce' that is leftover from making the candied ginger.|
|Here is my completed candied ginger.|
Also, check your ginger once you have completed it and put it in a storage container. If it was too wet when you put it up, it will melt your sugar dusting and will be a pile of goo in your container. Don't worry......just dump it all out on a sheet of waxed paper and let it dry for a few more days. Then you can dust it again with sugar and pack it up once more.
Let me know what you think. Do you think you'll try making some candied ginger? Do you have other suggestions on how to use it? Comments, people!!!! I love your comments!