I needed fresh ginger for a dinner recipe and our Grocery Outlet had a 6 oz organic bag for the same price of a small piece at the big supermarkets. (This is very common at G.O. Their prices on organic items are incredible!) I figured I’d come up with something to do with the 95 percent of the bag that I had left over.
Ginger is well-known for treating seasickness, and is also used for reducing inflammation, osteoarthritis pain and indigestion, and improving brain function. I’ve mainly used it in savory Asian dishes, but love ginger-ale and ginger-tea. I had decided to bake a rhubarb cake and thought that candied ginger would add a nice flavor compliment.
After researching a few different recipes, this is my version. I wanted liquid leftover to use in another recipe, so it remains syrupy instead of cooking all the way down, which also makes it less sticky (which is a good thing when rolling it in the sugar). Make sure you use ginger roots that are firm, not rubbery or shriveled. They will last several weeks in a vented bag in the fridge. You can eat as is like a piece of candy; it has a strong sweet-spicy flavor. It’s also yummy added to muffin and cake recipes, and a few slivers are delish in a glass of champagne.
- 6 ounces fresh ginger root
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spread 1/4 cup of sugar on top.
- Wash and peel the ginger root, then cut into thin slices. The thinner the pieces, the shorter cook time.
- Combine remaining 1 cup of sugar and the water in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Add the ginger pieces, reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for 45 minutes uncovered.
- Remove ginger with a slotted spoon to the sugar covered cookie sheet.
- Roll the pieces in the sugar until fully coated and spread out into a single layer. Allow to sit 2 hours. Keep in a sealed bag or container.
I saved the remaining liquid in the pot to cook rhubard pieces before putting into a recipe. I’ll post the recipe for the Rhubard cake next week.
Go To Tuesdays are weekly recipes from products purchased at the Alameda Grocery Outlet, 730 Buena Vista Ave.
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