A funny thing happened to me when I ventured into making my own homemade crystallized ginger candy this week.
I discovered Ginger Pear Tea ♥
This candy is simple to make. Just slice up some fresh ginger into thin strips, boil it for 30 minutes, add sugar, dehydrate, eat!
A wonderful thing happens when you pour off the liquid you’ve been softening up the ginger in. It makes a fantastic tea.
I had yet another overly ripened pear again so I added some juice from the pear in with the ginger water. Add a little stevia and BOOM!
A spicy rich tea that is even good for you. Between the candy and the tea I am loving my ginger this week!
I purchased a small 4 oz. jar of crystallized ginger last month from Pensey’s and nibbled away at a little each day. At $4 I felt the need to conserve my cravings no matter how deliciously healthy the bits were. But now its all mine at only pennies per cup. Its ginger all around and as much as I’d like. I love the spicy sweet and the chewy texture of the candy. The tea gives it’s own punch but it’s more an after taste on the back of your throat instead of a burn your taste buds kind of heat. A good heat. And good for me!
To make your own Crystallized Ginger follow these simple steps:
1. Peel a large chunk of fresh ginger. Don’t worry if there are little bits of skin left. My first batch I didn’t peel at all.
2. Slice the ginger into 1/4 inch slices. I used a mandolin but a knife works fine too.
3. Put your ginger slices, at least a cups worth, into 2 cups of water and simmer for 30 minutes.
4. Add in 1 cup of organic sugar and simmer another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Remove the ginger pieces (save the water for tea) and place the pieces in a bowl and
sprinkle with a little more sugar to coat.
6. If you’re in a hurry, you can dry the pieces out in a dehydrator or just let them air dry for a few hours to firm up.
7. Store the candied ginger in a sealed container.
For some delicious Ginger Pear Tea:
1. Heat 1 cup of water then add in about 4 tablespoons of the ginger water.
2. Add in a little pear juice or drop in a few slices of fresh pear. Stir in sweetener to taste.
4. Keep the ginger water stored in a jar in the fridge for many, many more cups of delicious spicy teacups.
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