Saturday, September 22, 2007

Crystalized Ginger, Day 5, The Finished Product

I had to be at work early this morning so last night, I strained the syrup through a coffee filter.

As I was pulling my massage table across the mezzanine at the Driskill, my phone rang. It was the delivery man from the appliance store telling me that he would like to deliver the new stove between 11:00am and 2:00pm today. Since Stephen was at home, I told him that that time would be fine. We have the world's best landlord!

When I got home, I put the syrup through the coffe filter again. Then I put it in a pan on the beautiful new stove and set it to medium heat. While it was getting up to a boil, I got out a plastic shaker container with a screw on lid. I put a small amount of ginger in it, added a heaping table spoon of sugar and shook it up and rolled it around. Then I poured the contents back onto the rack. I repeated this process until all the ginger had been coated with sugar.

I let the syrup reduce to between a third and a half of the volume I started with. I may have used more water than necessary when I started this process. This was due to the size of my pot. It took a lot of water to cover the ginger and have an inch and a half or so on top.

I will put some of the ginger in a white paper bag and make a cutesy label for it as part of the gift basket I am putting together for my friends in Santa Fe. They will also get the nice bottle of syrup. There is still plenty for us. It is in a small jar. The syrup has quite a bite so I think it may be a good idea to mix it with maple or cane sugar syrup to use on pancakes or waffles. It may be a little bit too hot by itself. The ginger has the perfect texture and a nice bite as well.

Thanks for all your help, Mistrel Boy.


The Minstrel Boy said...

bravo, 7th sister! bravo!

Little Wing said...

Ahhhh, the finished product is beautiful!
You should be quite pleased with yourself!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Ohhhh, you have stabbed me through the heart.

I am a lifelong crystallized ginger junkie with no intention of ever going straight.

My college roommate knew to bring me some for Christmas, and various friends over the years have fed my vast hunger for it. I have never made it myself, however.

Yours is beautiful. I'm getting on the next plane and I will hunt you down like a dog.

Ginnie said...

My daughter loves anything that smacks of ginger...and I seriously thought of using your recipe...but 5 days is way too long for me to contemplate!! You can tell that my heart is not into the kitchen, but I love your finished product...and the syrup too.

thailandchani said...

Oh, that looks really good! :)



heartinsanfrancisco said...

Is there any left?