Crystallized ginger is also known as candied ginger or glace ginger. The main thing here is that crystallized ginger is much easier to use than the regular ginger. In fact, for morning sickness or nausea it is advisable to have crystallized ginger as it is easily palatable than raw ginger.
You can easily make crystallized ginger at home and can store it for up to six months. Crystallized ginger can be stored in the granulated form with coated sugar or you can store candied ginger in ginger syrup.
Instructions for making crystallized ginger at home
You will need the following
Ginger – 1 pound
4-5 cups of sugar.
Water – 4-5 cups
Step1 – Peel the ginger and cut thin slices of the peeled ginger. It is better to get fresh young ginger for making crystallized ginger as the young ginger will have less number of fibres.
Step2 – Put the peeled slices of ginger into a pan and add water to the pan. Add the water to a level such that the ginger slices are fully immersed in water. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the heat to let the ginger simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Step3 – Drain the water and repeat Step 2 above with the same slices of ginger. Typically the ginger should be soft enough after doing the above process twice. If you feel the ginger is still not tender enough then go through the above process the third time.
Step4 – Take 4 cups of water and add 4 cups of sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil such that it makes good syrup. Add a bit of salt to the mixture as well and add the ginger slices to the mixture and heat it till 200 F. Keep stirring the syrup to avoid the sugar being caramelized.
Step5 – Now remove the mixture from the heat and drain away the syrup. Do not discard the syrup as you can use this to make a nice ginger and lime concoction. Let the ginger slices drain on a piece of parchment paper. Once drained toss the slices into sugar to get a nice coating.
You can store the sugar-coated candied ginger slices for up to six months easily. You can use the crystallized ginger when you are making oatmeal cookies or while making gingersnaps. Add the slices to the dough which you use to make the cookies and you will find that nice zingy taste of ginger in the cookies.
You can also use the ginger slices to make ginger tea and also eat the candied ginger directly.
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