Finding a candied ginger recipe is a questionable process, even though it’s overwhelmingly simple to make. There are only a few ingredients, and all you need is a pot for boiling water, a colander for draining liquids and a few utensils.
Let’s get right to making the ginger candy, and how you can make everything from ginger chews and lollies, to creating ginger tea for relieving nausea. There are a few subtle tricks, so stick around and find out how to make it right!
The candied ginger recipe from start to finish
Whether you’re making crystallized ginger slices or ginger tea crystals, start with the following ingredients:
- Whole, organic ginger root
- Cane sugar, honey or your preferred syrup
Wash and rinse your ginger roots, then peel. Cut them into slices about 1/8th thick. You can make the crystallized ginger recipe a little chewier or softer by adjusting this up to 1/8th of an inch either way, and you can measure precisely with an effective mandolin.
Next, place your ginger slices into a saucepan and fill with water to cover the ginger. Add a pinch of salt and cook it at a boil for 30 minutes.
Strain your ginger slices, the remaining ginger water. Add equal amounts of sugar and honey or syrup to the ginger water, replace the ginger slices and boil for another 40 minutes. If you have a thermometer, you want to remove and strain the ginger slices once they reach 225 degrees F.
To complete the ginger candy, place your ginger slices on a drying rack or a parchment paper-lined sheet until cooled, and then coat with sugar. Leave overnight, and store in vacuum-sealed containers.
By using a dehydrator machine, you can create a dried ginger candy that will increase the shelf life of this simple recipe, as well. Simply place your ginger candies on trays and dry at 135 degrees for about an hour and a half before storing.
Ginger candy for nausea
Your idea of crystallized ginger may have more to do with health and wellness, than it does a sugary treat. The following is a list of ingredients for a recipe for ginger drops that you can use to aid in digestion, reduce nausea and enjoy as a treat, as well.
- Fresh, organic ginger root
- Cane sugar
- Olive, avocado, coconut or other kind of plant oil
Wash and peel your ginger root. You can use a grater or simply slice and process the ginger further, which is important, because the finer your ginger is, the more of its properties will be extracted into the water.
In fact, you can make the perfect ginger tea for relieving nausea with what you have here. Place your ginger into a pot of clean, filtered water, cover and boil for 30-45 minutes. Afterward, you’ll have a thick, potent ginger tea that’ll be sure to clear head and ear sinus congestion quickly, if taken all at once.
To continue making this crystallized ginger recipe, strain out the ginger and measure out the ginger tea into 1-cup portions. Prepare a glass dish with oil, line it with parchment paper and add another layer of oil.
Pour your ginger tea back into a pot over high heat. For each cup of ginger water, add ¾ cups of sugar and ¼ cups of honey. Using a cup of extremely cold water, test a drop of your ginger syrup at a time until you get the perfect amount of chewiness.
At this point, pour the resulting ginger syrup into your glass dish and let it cool for about 30 minutes. Afterward, remove the parchment paper lining and cut with a knife that’s been greased in oil and vacuum seal for long-term storage.
Using a food dehydrator machine is also a great way to create a large store of ginger tea crystals and raw ginger powder!