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Homemade Candied Ginger

I have a recipe coming up that calls for candied ginger.  I was going to add it to my online grocery order but a 2 ounce bottle cost $8.94!  The bulk spice bins are gone at my go-to grocery store and due to the lock-down I did not want to drive from store to store looking for a better price. Instead I headed to my cookbooks and found a recipe for Candied Ginger in my new edition of Joy of Cooking. The recipe seemed easy enough and I had plenty of sugar on hand.  I added fresh ginger to my grocery order for $1.00 a pound, quite the savings!

The recipe calls for peeling and slicing the ginger, boiling it in water until soft, boiling it in a mixture of sugar and water for 1 1/2 hours, then coating it with sugar. The whole process took a few hours but the work was mostly hands-off and very easy. The house smelled delicious!

Here is the finished product!

So delicious! The ginger is crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. Sweet but with a spicy bite.  I was able to fill an small mason jar to keep with my baking spices and a large mason jar for snacking.  My 13-year-old daughter has been using the leftover ginger sugar in her tea.