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6 recipes where ginger is the star

By: Enrique Gili on Dec. 16, 2013, 12:47 p.m.
crystallized ginger

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Crystallized Ginger

Fresh organic ginger costs twice as much as the non-organic variety and requires half the effort to process — because the outer skin is almost paper thin and comes off more easily. It yields a bonanza of goodies for true ginger heads.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 90 minutes

Yield: 2 pint jars crystallized ginger, 8 oz. ginger sugar, 1 quart ginger syrup

Crystallized Ginger


  • 1 lb. organic ginger
  • 4 cups and 2 oz. of water
  • 1 lb. organic sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Using the rounded edge of spoon, scrape off skin from ginger. Slice ginger into 1/8 inch sections.
  2. Place ginger in a well-seasoned skillet with 4 cups water. Broil to a boil and cook until tender, about 30 to 35 minutes. Pour into a colander over a container. Reserve liquid.
  3. Return ginger to skillet, add sugar plus 2 oz. water. Stir until ginger is evenly coated. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue stirring frequently until sugar begins to crystallize, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, separate sections and place on baking sheet to cool. Dust with salt.