Crystallized Ginger and Ginger Syrup

Crystallized Ginger

Crystallized Ginger

I love anything ginger and when it is crystallized ginger and ginger syrup, I can go overboard.

This is an easy way to make this as it is done in a crock pot, on low for 24 hours. There’s no chance of burning or scorching, just slow tender transformation of simple syrup and ginger into an amazing restorative treat.

Peel and slice the ginger into 1/4 inch slices. Cut it any way you want.

Make a simple syrup using equal parts of water and sugar. When the syrup comes to a boil, add the ginger and simmer for 3-4 minutes.

Then transfer the entire contents of the pot to a crock pot, set on low. Cover and let the magic take place for the next 24 hours.

Strain the ginger through a wire mesh strainer over a bowl to catch the syrup. Save that syrup!

Toss the drained ginger slices in granulated sugar,then spread it out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Place into a 200°F oven for a couple of hours to “dry” the ginger. If you don’t do this, the ginger will be wet and melt the sugar it gets rolled in to be stored.

Once dried, roll the ginger in granulated sugar to coat, cool completely. Once cool, bottle, label and store.

Crystallized Ginger is great for nibbling after a big meal

Crystallized Ginger is great for nibbling after a big meal

Cool the syrup and bottle it. Use it to make soda, pour over ice cream or flavor tea. One of my favorites is chamomile tea with ginger syrup. Try it! Ginger Martini, Ginger Champagne Cocktail. . .

Dice the crystallized ginger into small bits, add fennel seeds and dried organic orange peel (powder it) for a nifty digestive.

Nibble in a piece of crystallized ginger just before a trip where you may get queasy. (I always carry some when traveling!)

Digestive Blend is a combination of dried orange peel, powdered,fennel seeds and diced crystallized ginger

Digestive Blend is a combination of dried orange peel, powdered,fennel seeds and diced crystallized ginger

Use the ginger in cookies and baked goods; use it in a sauce for chicken or pork.

Crystallized ginger can be a bit on the pricey side and often, it’s not soft and tender. Make your own and not only save money, but have better quality crystallized ginger too.

Save the syrup! It's great to add to chai tea, pour over ice cream or make you own ginger ale

Save the syrup! It’s great to add to tea, pour over ice cream or make you own ginger ale

Making Spiced Chai at Home

Making spiced chai at home is so rewarding in many ways. I remember the first time I tasted  warm spiced chai tea at Starbucks one bone chilling cold wet and rainy day in Washington DC. It warmed me to the bone in a single sip.

However, being loaded with fat at sugar and who knows what else, I decided to brew my own at home. First I used the Spiced Chai bags from the tea store. Then, I got a recipe and decided to try it out.

I am a total sucker for anything that makes my house smell great, naturally. Once I placed this mixture in the crock pot, my house smelled like heaven for hours. Then the best part was getting to drink that amazing aroma in a nice warm cuppa tea.

Here’s what you need to make Chai at home:

  • Gather these things to make Chai. include black tea or burdock root or another herb if you prefer.

    Gather these things to make Chai. include black tea or burdock root or another herb if you prefer.

    2 tablespoons dried orange peel OR use the peel from 1 fresh orange

  • 2 tablespoons ginger root
  • 1 cinnamon stick, crushed into bits
  • 3-4 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 3-5 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns, (I use a variety of peppercorns, it doesn’t matter if you use only one kind)
  • As a base, choose 2 tablespoons black tea, green tea or burdock root.
  • Additionally you can choose to add 1/2 vanilla bean and or a teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 2 quarts fresh cold water

Put it all in pot, bring to a boil and then simmer for 1 hour. Strain, add honey and milk to taste if desired.

Or you can bring it to a boil, then put it into a crock pot on low and let it simmer overnight for an intoxicating aroma and delightful tea in the morning.

If you are the kind who has cold hands and feet, try this. It will warm you completely and wonderfully. It’s sure to make you smile.

If you make Chai at home, please share  in the comments how your recipe may be similar or different.

Chai is like curry, so many possibilities!

Homemade Chai Spiced Tea

Homemade Chai Spiced Tea