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Enso May 9, 2014 09:39 AM

Has anyone done comparison shopping of crystalized ginger?

Wondering if one of the asian groceries or co-ops would have better prices...

Also, there's someone in the house that finds the more cubed-shaped chunks to be a little too moist/sticky when chopped up, so "drier" is better. (We use it almost solely for goat yogurt and fresh fruit breakfasts. Add CG, chopped nuts, ground flax seed, and cinnamon, and--YUM! :-)

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    gildeddawn RE: Enso May 9, 2014 12:57 PM

    Not that this will help you with price, but Penzey's has a new version of crystallized ginger in much smaller pieces, that they call Sweet Ginger Bits, that are great for baking and are small enough that they're not sticky.

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      Enso RE: gildeddawn May 9, 2014 01:34 PM

      We tried those and found them too mild in flavor.

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      Leepa RE: Enso May 9, 2014 01:05 PM

      If you have any Amish stores in your area, that's where I find the best deals on crystallized ginger. My current bag is nearly a pound and it was $3.35. It's thinly sliced and pretty "crystally" so that at the end of the bag I have this fabulous sugar left over to play with.

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        Enso RE: Leepa May 9, 2014 01:35 PM

        Are you in MSP? If so, I'd love to hear about the Amish store you shop at.

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          Leepa RE: Enso May 9, 2014 02:46 PM

          No, I'm not. But many places have Amish stores. I was hoping one might be near you.

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            Enso RE: Leepa May 9, 2014 03:28 PM

            I've never heard of one. We're pretty far from Amish country, I think. I once saw an "Amish" home furnishings store in Wisconsin, maybe it was authentic...

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              Leepa RE: Enso May 9, 2014 03:53 PM

              I'd give these people a call. They may be able to direct you to something closer to your location. Looking at some of their products, it's very similar to the store that is local to me. Except they don't sell gas. :)

              http://www.amishmarketsquare.com/apps...

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        Enso RE: Enso May 9, 2014 01:38 PM

        Was just at Whole Foods and they have the cubed variety in their bulk bins; it's 9.99/#. They have some packages also, but those are even more expensive.

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          ChillyDog RE: Enso May 9, 2014 02:39 PM

          Have you ever tried to make your own?

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            Enso RE: ChillyDog May 9, 2014 03:31 PM

            No. Have you? It probably takes too long for me; I already cook mostly "from scratch" and can only do so much myself. I need to farm out as much as I can. I'll look it up, JIC.

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              Enso RE: ChillyDog May 10, 2014 04:13 AM

              Hmm, actually doesn't look that involved. I think I'll give it a try. Thanks for the idea, don't know why I hadn't even considered it.

            2. ibew292 RE: Enso May 9, 2014 02:46 PM

              Trader Joes has 2 types. Nice price

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                Enso RE: ibew292 May 9, 2014 03:29 PM

                I think they have one of the semi-moist versions.

                I do like them for their toasted flax seed and pecans, though.

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                  ibew292 RE: Enso May 10, 2014 05:13 AM

                  They also have a dry version.

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                  autumm RE: ibew292 May 11, 2014 08:08 PM

                  One of my favorite nibbles. Love the uncrystalized version. The dark chocolate coated one almost got me over my dislike of dark chocolate

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                  Leepa RE: Enso May 10, 2014 05:04 AM

                  Thanks for this thread, Enso. This morning I made up some crystallized ginger butter which I enjoyed on an English muffin. So thanks, I wouldn't have done it if I hadn't left my bag out on the counter!

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                    shoo bee doo RE: Enso May 11, 2014 10:03 PM

                    I like the Reeds. I like them better if I leave the package open for a few days and let them dry out.

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