Homemade Candied Ginger is a super easy to make and tastes amazing. Why buy this yummy treat, when you can make your own?
History of Ginger:
Ginger has been cultivated in Asia for over 3,000 years. It is used extensively in Asian cuisine, the second most popular spice next to salt.
Gingerroot was also used in southern Europe before Roman times.
Health Benefits of Ginger:
Ginger is closely related to turmeric and cardamom. It originates from China.
It has anti-inflammatory properties and help with muscle soreness related to exercise.
Most people know that ginger helps with nausea, and is effective especially with morning sickness.
It helps lower blood sugars. A study was made in 2015 with participants that had type 2 diabetes. They found it lowered fasting blood sugar by 12%.
Here’s some fun facts about ginger you probably didn’t know:
1) The ginger plant is an herb. This is something I didn’t know!
2) Ginger is not a root, it’s a rhizome. Rhizomes are underground stems. (Imagine how smart people will think you are if you bring up this little nugget at the dinner table.)
3) Ginger can grow up to 4 feet tall. It’s typically grown in the tropics and other warm regions.
4) The plant is native to southeast Asia.
5) Slices of ginger are eaten in Japan in between food courses to clear the palate.
How to preserve fresh ginger once you’ve cut into the root (or rhizome, now that we know better!)
Wrap the ginger in paper towel and place in a plastic bag. It will last up to two weeks.
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How to make Homemade Candied Ginger:
Ingredients for Homemade Candied Ginger:
1 cup fresh gingerroot
3 cups water
3 cups sugar (plus extra to toss with)
Directions for making Homemade Candied Ginger:
1) Peel ginger. Slice into 1/8″ thick slices.
2) Mix together water and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to boil.
3) After sugar is dissolved, add the ginger rounds. Boil for 45 minutes. The ginger should be tender and sweet.
4) Drain the ginger.
5) Place ginger on a drying rack for 30 minutes.
6) Toss dried ginger with extra sugar to coat.
7) Let sugar-tossed ginger on wax paper to dry.
8) Store in an airtight container.
Tips for making Homemade Candied Ginger:
1) If you save the ginger water, you can boil it for 45 additional minutes. It will turn into a syrup that can be used on ice cream, in tea, or waffles.
2) Make sure you keep an eye on the ginger boiling.
Here’s the printable Homemade Candied Ginger Recipe:
- 1 cup fresh gingerroot
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups sugar
- Peel ginger. Slice into 1/8" thick rounds.
- Mix together water and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to boil.
- After sugar is dissolved, add the ginger rounds. Boil for 45 minutes. The ginger should be tender and sweet.
- Drain the ginger.
- Place the ginger on a drying rack for 30 minutes.
- Toss dried ginger with extra sugar to coat.
- Let sugar-tossed ginger on wax paper to dry.
- Store in an air-tight container.
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