Posts Tagged ‘do-it-yourself’

Candied Ginger and Ginger Syrup

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Candied Ginger

I think that homemade candied ginger is so great that everyone should have some.  My family calls me the ginger pusher because I give the ginger and the syrup to everyone as gifts.   My family laughs, but I’ve noticed that they keep asking for more.  Aside from just noshing on this ginger, my favorite thing to do is make these scones, which make it to every brunch I serve.

Ginger Syrup

I like to slice the ginger as thinly as possible, so I use my mandoline.  It makes the work a lot faster and easier, but I have certainly made this ginger many times without one.  Using a thermometer is also helpful, but if you don’t have one, you can just eyeball it.  Once the liquid is the consistency of thin honey, the ginger is ready.  Be sure to save the syrup–it is absolutely delicious on pancakes and waffles.  You can also mix a bit with seltzer water for a homemade ginger ale, or make some homemade granola.

Candied Ginger

Candied Ginger and Ginger Syrup Recipe

1 pound ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
4 cups sugar, plus additional for coating ginger
4 cups water

  1. Put ginger in a large pot, and cover with water.  Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer.  Allow ginger to simmer for 20 minutes.  Add more water if necessary to prevent ginger from boiling dry.
  2. Drain ginger.
  3. Combine ginger, sugar, and water in the pot and put over medium high heat.  Cook until temperature of the liquid reaches 225 degrees.
  4. Remove ginger from heat and drain, but keep the syrup.
  5. Toss ginger in sugar to coat, if desired.  Spread into a thin layer and allow to dry overnight.

Blackening Seasoning

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Blackening Seasoning

I like to do things myself rather than just buy what I want or need.  It is usually cheaper and better, and a lot of the time easier than you might expect. The more I get into cooking, the more I see things in the kitchen (pizza dough, candied ginger) that I have bought, but I really can just make my own.  And I wonder why I never thought of that before, then change my ways.

Blackening Seasoning

I have an issue with buying spice blends that have inconsistent flavor.  I see recipes that call for ingredients like  blackening seasoning, but I have had some bottles of the spice that are a lot less potent than others.  It is just a blend of spices, there is no formula that everybody uses, so you really never know what you’re going to get.  Well, this bugs me.  So I decided to take control, and after a little trial and error, I found a blackening seasoning recipe that I love.   I always know exactly how it tastes and how spicy it is, so I don’t get unexpected results when using it. It is also really easy to make–just combine a few ingredients that are already in the spice cabinet into a jar, and shake it up.  Then, blacken some fish or chicken and enjoy.

Blackening Seasoning Recipe

1 tablespoon ground red pepper
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder

  1. Add all ingredients to an empty spice bottle, and shake well.