As you may have read here, here and here, I’m a big fan of fresh ginger – the spicy taste, the aroma and the health benefits. Did you know ginger can help alleviate nausea, sore muscles, boost the immune system and promote digestion? Check out The Ginger People to learn more. Meanwhile, I’ll take the largest root available, please. Of course, it does mold quickly once cut, so time is of the essence when working with this little gem.
While visiting my mother-in-law a few weeks ago, she shared with me these delicious homemade ginger chews. Once I returned home, I immediately purchased a root and took to the kitchen. These are easy to make, they taste amazing and you can reserve the liquid to add a little kick to your next club soda cocktail or juice.
HOMEMADE GINGER CHEWS
Peel and very thinly slice 1 large ginger root (about 8 oz). In a large saucepan, cook 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar (I used 1 cup and they still taste great) and a pinch of salt over medium heat until just boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add ginger slices. Simmer gently, uncovered, 30-40 minutes or until syrupy. Remove from heat; let stand 1 hour. Strain the ginger, reserving the liquid for another use (see above suggestions). Arrange ginger slices on a wire rack set over a shallow baking pan/cookie sheet. Dry overnight. Eat plain or add 1 cup of sugar to a large bowl and toss in ginger to coat. Store in sealed container and refrigerate up to 1 month.
Do you have any favorite ginger recipes? If so, please share them in the comment section.