Looking for candied ginger
Any suggestions for a source of quality candied ginger?
Scottish specialty stores campbells in Barrie Blighty's orangeville, or any Bulk Barn. Exotics see the Pacific Mall Markham.
You can buy it at Central Market in the bulk section (and probably in the grocery section as well). I'm not a crystallized ginger connoisseur so I can't attest to the quality, but it tastes pretty good to me.
Making your own is fun, and you end up with some deeelicious ginger syrup to use for cocktails or desserts. Peel ginger with a spoon, slice as large or small as you like, then simmer in syrup of equal parts sugar and water (top off with more water as it cooks down), then when it's about as soft as you want, let it cook awhile longer and let the syrup thicken some. you can store it in the syrup in the fridge or freezer, or remove and bury in sugar. That syrup will go nice in rum cocktails. I also add a piece fof vanilla bean just for the heck of it.
World Market stores in all areas carry a 3-ounce package for $2.00, usually located in
their candy aisle. The stuff at Central Market is usually too dry, for my taste. Can't remember the price, just that it's pricey. Don't know about the others mentioned.
Any of the asian markets should have it as well. You just have to search for it, its sometimes by the asian 'candies'.
The bulk candied ginger at Central Market is ginger-flavored gummy candy.
The availability of candied ginger is seasonal. Most Asian markets will have it in stock for the Lunar New Year celebration. Off-season I found the excellent quality Paradise brand at the Hong Kong Market on Bellaire Bld. at Boone Rd.
Take a look at www.paradisefruitco.com, which has a page devoted to candied ginger, and a link to the page on Amazon where it is sold.
I was at Canino's Market on Airline yesterday buying peas, (fresh hulled cream peas, purple hulls and pinto beans - awesome!), and I saw they had crystallized ginger for $3.98/lb.
I didn't buy any, so I can't attest to the quality, but there's another option.