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Does candied ginger go bad?

Green Omnivore Mar 12, 2010 10:43 AM

I just found an unopened bag of Trader Joe's uncrystaliized candied ginger which has an expiry date of April 2009. I opened it up and it smells like ginger, feels like ginger, tastes like ginger. I now have a craving to make ginger snaps! Does dried candied ginger go bad? I didn't think dried goods ever needed an expiry date.

  1. Green Omnivore Mar 13, 2010 06:57 AM

    Thanks for the quick replies everyone! the cookies were delicious!

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      jayaymeye Mar 12, 2010 05:07 PM

      I doubt it's bad. I've made homemade, though, and I've had it mold--too much moisture. If it's bad, you'd definitely know.

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        BangorDin Mar 12, 2010 11:10 AM

        What is the difference between crystalized and, as you have, uncrystalized candied ginger?

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        1. re: BangorDin
          Green Omnivore Mar 12, 2010 11:31 AM

          I may be wrong on this but I think uncrystallized ginger is not as sweet and the ginger is lightly dusted with sugar -- off to make some ginger snaps! :)

          1. re: BangorDin
            Ruth Lafler Mar 12, 2010 12:15 PM

            Crystallized ginger has sugar crystals on the outside, candied ginger has been cooked in sugar syrup but not to the point of crystallization.

          2. Ruth Lafler Mar 12, 2010 10:52 AM

            No, it doesn't go bad. The "expiration date" in this case is probably a "we won't guarantee quality after" date.

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