Cold weather is creeping in on us and with that, unfortunately, comes the cold and flu season. Besides being a sanitizing warrior, there are other things you can do to stay healthy this winter. Staying active, getting a proper amount of rest, and eating balanced meals are just a few ways to stay in great health. Adding more antioxidants and vitamin C to your diet this winter is also a smart choice.
After having success making my own candied pomelo rind, I wanted to venture into more candied fruits. With a sick fiancé moping around the house and a massive bag of ginger on hand, I knew candying ginger was my next project. Ginger has numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, immune boosting abilities and it is a natural anti inflammatory!
After boiling the ginger for 10 minutes, I reserved some of the water. I then mixed in some honey and fresh lemon juice to make a soothing drink for Greg. This ginger water was potent! It worked similarly to a hot toddy but had much better decongestant properties. I definitely recommend giving it a try the next time you have a cold. But beware, it will make you sweat!
This ginger candy would make a great homemade Christmas gift. Or you could keep it for yourself and have an immune boosting ally this holiday season. Enjoy!
p.s Happy 60th Birthday Mum!!
- 3 cups fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin discs
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Place ginger in the pot and simmer for 10 minutes. Discard the water (or reserve it for a hot toddy) and rinse ginger under cool water.
Place two cups of water and two cups of sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil to dissolve the sugar.
Add ginger to the sugar water and simmer on low heat for 1-1 ½ hours. Remove from heat and strain.
Carefully move the ginger to a rack and sprinkle with sugar. Let them dry for 8-10 hours in a cool dry place, turning them halfway through.
Store in a sealed container.