Candied Ginger

by Kris on December 1, 2011

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!!

Candied Ginger

  • 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.

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Kirsten December 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I love ginger! Totally making this. Thanks

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Lisa @ Tarte du Jour December 1, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Wow… I adore candied ginger but have never made my own. I will definitely give this a try! Great Christmas gift!

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Felicia December 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Nice! Candied ginger always struck me (irrationally, perhaps) as tremendously therapeutic as well as tasty, and it’s always felt Christmas-y to me — I bet this would make a great holiday gift.

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munchinwithmunchkin December 1, 2011 at 11:54 pm

It’s amazing how many therapeutic properties ginger has. It’s also great for an upset stomach, morning sickness and motion sickness. Great for the kids if you’ll be spending a lot of time in the car this holiday season.

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MyFudo December 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Very timely post! I don’t want to get overdosed with lozenges or any other chewable medicines. My doctor friend said those are still medicines, so I’d better stick to homemade natural stuff then…Thanks for a healthy gift! Keep posting!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 1, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Thanks! I always turn to ginger when I’m sick. It works wonders!

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mjskit December 1, 2011 at 11:30 pm

I’m definitely going to give these a try! I love ginger and it is so helpful with certain health problems.Thanks for such a great recipe. You pictures are gorgeous!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 1, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Thank you!

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sarvenaz December 2, 2011 at 12:03 am

Bonjour,

je vous remercie beaucoup car il y a longtemps que je cherchai une bonne recette de confit de gingembre et de sirop de gingembre.

Le gingembre est très bon aussi pour nettoyer tout le corps,ainsi que l’estomac.

bonne journée

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munchinwithmunchkin December 2, 2011 at 1:05 am

Je suis heureux d’avoir pu vous aider!

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Singoalla December 2, 2011 at 5:14 am

I love ginger and bye candied ginger rather expensively here in Spain. I will try this and have on the Christmas table this year. Thank you for sharing!

Regards from Spain!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

Candied ginger is fairly expensive in these parts too. Making your own is a little more effort but well worth it. Thanks for the comment!

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Ragamuffin Diaries December 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

thanks for this recipe! I’ve been wanting to try making my own crystallized ginger, but haven’t gotten around to it yet…. this is a good little nudge in that direction! I was sick not long ago, and drank large amounts of ginger and rose hip tea – good natural medicines.

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munchinwithmunchkin December 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

absolutely! You really can’t go wrong with ginger tea

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Megan December 2, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I love candied ginger, but I’ve never made it myself… I’ll be sure to test this out when I get some more ginger (I’ve been in a huge ginger-craze the past couple of weeks)

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Rachel @ Bakerita December 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I’ve wanted to make homemade candied ginger for a while now.
Stumbling upon this will definitely make me try it sooner rather than later.
There’s definitely a possibility of candied ginger cookies in my holiday basket!

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munchinwithmunchkin December 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Funny you said that, I just finished whipping up some ginger cookie batter. We must be on the same wavelength today!

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Baking is my Zen December 7, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Gorgeous photos. Will be making this soon.

~Carmen

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hbs1991 December 14, 2011 at 8:47 pm

You know you can save the sweet ginger syrup and make homemade ginger ale with it or use it in tea also. It is fantastic stuff!!

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Tracy December 12, 2012 at 5:32 am

Giada De Larentaus Has a Ginger Lemonade tea recipe that the leftover ginger syrup would be great in. I boil some ginger slices in equal amount of water + sugar to make a ginger simple syrup for her recipe. your recipe would take care of that step.
Who said it’s not easy to recycle.

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The Vegan Kat December 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm

This is a great idea, and you’re right, it’s perfect for a homemade gift!

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Helen St. Denis June 10, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I’m going to try this right now. Any idea how long this keeps in an airtight container? I’m wondering if I can mail some to my mother in the UK?

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Kris June 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Mine lasted about three months in a sealed mason jar. It should be fine to mail to the U.K.

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Helen St. Denis June 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Thanks!

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