This is about as mundane and pointless as it gets.
I have a love affair with ginger. Seriously, I love the stuff. Pickled, raw, crystallised, ground, I don’t care, so long as it’s real ginger – I can’t get enough of it. For the longest time, I have been buying the friggin $10/bottle 2 oz jars of crystallised ginger in the spice aisle at the grocery. The I discovered that my local Kroger store carries a 4 oz bag of long slices of crystallised ginger for $2.50/bag. I started buying that.
Honestly, I am just lazy. I finally went ahead and bought a nice bit of ginger root and just got done making my own crystallised ginger. It is cooling right now. I think I might have screwed up by not cooking it at a high enough temperature for the first little bit, as it is still a bit stringy, but I can’t wait to chow down on it. That’s right, boys and girls, I don’t use it for cooking, I just eat it like candy.
<homer simpson>mmmmmmm, ginger</homer simpson>
I will have a nice big batch of gingered sugar when it finishes drying/cooling. I wonder who I know that might be interested in that? I don’t use sugar often and while my daughter also likes ginger, she doesn’t eat sugar much, either. Oh well, I guess someone at work will get a lovely gift tomorrow.
Has anyone else ever made crystallised ginger? What’s your recipe/secret?