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Ginger It Does A Body Good
Dated: February 10 2015
It seems everyone in my life has some sort of plague. You know; cough, sore throat, general malaise. Hopefully it wonâ€™t turn into a Zombie Apocalypse. However, if it does, youâ€™ll have some tasty ginger to munch on to stave off the craving for brains.
I found this recipe on the Food Network and boy does it provide some zing in your life!
Gather the following;
1 lb ginger root (approximately)
A couple of cooling racks
Wax paper, newspaper, something to put under the racks when the ginger cools (you donâ€™t want this mess on your table or counter top)
4 quart saucepan
5 cups water
1 lb granulated sugar (approximately)
Wooden spoon (my preference, you could use plastic, but know Iâ€™ll be silently judging you from afar)
Peel the ginger, and slice into 1/8â€ť slices. To make this a quicker process, after peeling the ginger hold it carefully and slice it on a mandolin blade. This will make short work of the process and get you fairly uniform sized pieces. Cut them in half if you want smaller bits of ginger
Measure out equal amount of sugar
Return ginger and retained water into pan and add the sugar over medium-high heat
Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently
You â€“ STIR FREQUENTLY! Thatâ€™s it. Your arm may feel like itâ€™s falling off after awhile. Donâ€™t worry. This is perfectly natural
After a bit the ginger and simple syrup (sugar and water combo) will start to evaporate and crystalize â€“ yes, SCIENCE! This process takes about 20 minutes
When the ginger looks dry and crystalized, remove from heat and transfer ginger to the cooling racks (that have some sort of mess catcher under them)
Separate the chunks out and let it dry
Once completely cool you can store in an airtight container for about two weeks
Save the ginger sugar pieces below the drying ginger for coffee, sprinkle on ice cream or homemade ginger snap cookies, add to cottage cheese, over fruit, whatever. Itâ€™s delicious! You can even make your own ginger ale out of the left over sprinkles. Google it!
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