Candied Ginger: Spice up your sweet or savory dishes and add all the health benefits ginger has to offer. An easy DIY!
If your prior experience with ginger goes no further than a gingersnap or gingerbread, take note: Ginger is spicy! It can really bring some kick to your dish. But it brings more than heat . . .
Ginger or ginger root comes from the rhizome (or underground rooty stem) of a flowering ginger plant. It has been used for centuries by other cultures for its medicinal value. Chew on a small amount to relieve nausea. Make a tea to relieve digestive issues. Are you a singer? Suck on a piece before a performance to loosen your vocal chords! Many studies suggest that the medicinal properties of ginger do not end there.
Benefits of Ginger
Research over the years has yielded results that suggest ginger has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also exhibits characteristics similar to cinnamon in the effect it has on insulin action and resulting blood sugar levels. Ginger has thermogenic properties, as well. This means that it is believed to increase the metabolism in the body when consumed and helps metabolize carbohydrates and lipids more efficiently. (Note: this information is provided as a courtesy and should not be used as professional medical advice. Please consult your physician or health care provider before making any changes to your diet or health plan.)
A Chopping Hack
I recently discovered that my apple slicer was good for more than just slicing apples! I never stopped to think about the fact that this awesome device was really just eight sharp blades. Why should it be relegated to only cutting apples? It was a great time saver when dicing my ginger slices into tiny little pieces. Give it a try!
Me, yes. HA! But that’s not what I’m talking about. Ginger will store for a very long time. Purchase it fresh and firm. Store it unpeeled in an airtight container in your refrigerator for months. It’s always there when you need it or want to kick up the flavor and spice in your culinary creation. Once candied, the ginger will keep for several weeks in an airtight container.
Candied Ginger DIY
Candying ginger yourself is as easy as 1-2-3 ingredients and just a few steps. Boil your water and coconut palm sugar, add the ginger and simmer, dry ginger and coat with more coconut palm sugar. Store. There is so much yumminess to be had with these little darlings. Spin it savory and add to a stir-fry or pasta dish. Go sweet and sprinkle some on top of vegan ice cream or your favorite cereal, or add it to baked goods or . . . my next recipe, so that’s a surprise! Oh and don’t forget to save the remaining syrup. Ginger Syrup will totally kick up your pancake game!