Monday, April 23, 2007

Crystallized Ginger

Crystallized Ginger

This may sound a tiny bit twee (making your own candied ginger?), but as a mitigating circumstance I should say that this isn't a condiment to be readily found in the shops here - I'm sure you could get it, but I've never come across any. Which is kind of a pity, because I have a weird obsession with it: I could eat it like candy! At first, there is the pronounced sweetness of the sugar it's rolled in, then the slight tang of ooh, fruity, and then finally the wonderful burn. Oh, how I love it.

Crystallized Ginger

Sadly, I'm the only one who does, it seems. Someone should really hide that jar from me, because I can't walk past it without grabbing a slice or two of ginger and gobbling it up. I had plans for this batch! Plans which included doing stuff with it. Other than coating it in chocolate and eating it all up (instead I settled for mixing it with some mocha beans I got for my birthday - one of each, open mouth, savor).

Crystallized Ginger

I'm not going to post the recipe here, since it's available on the internet and I followed it to the letter (how could I not - there was 7-up! steaming! 6 hours of cooking!). Just keep in mind when starting out that although there's not much actual work involved, it does take the better part of a day to finish, so make a big batch. Supposedly it will keep forever, but I doubt I'll ever find out.

Crystallized Ginger

Oh, and don't throw away the syrup! Make mead with it instead.

11 comments:

Village Vegan said...

Ooooh, thank you thank you thank you for this post! I adore crystallized ginger too, but it's pretty expensive so I never buy it. But fresh ginger is really cheap, so I'm looking forward to making this!

Pille said...

I love crystallised ginger, and I had plans of buying loads of it in London last week. Sadly, I didn't have time to shop for it, so it's handy to have the recipe now instead!

deinin said...

Village Vegan & Pille - go for it! I should have added that for me the cooking and steaming times were even slightly longer than specified, but that was really the only problem I had with the recipe.

ann said...

My mother gave me some crystallized ginger for Easter which I used to make Garam Masala scented oatameal & raisin cookies. They were divine and all the better for the inclusion of the ginger. Thanks for these instructions.

deinin said...

Ann, I made these last Wednesday and I'm still living in the hope of, er, getting off my ass and using it in an actual dish before I've eaten them all.

Anonymous said...

Helsingissä valmista karamellisoitua inkivääriä myydään ainakin Hämeentien etnisissä kaupoissa ja luontaistuotemyymälöissä. Isoimmista supermarketeista sitä löytyy myös kuivahedelmä/pähkinä-osastolta.

Temodal said...

Wow, this is great. These crystallized gingers are just melting my mouth with water.

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