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Old 12-29-2006, 10:05 PM   #1
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Crystallized Ginger substitutions?

I saw a recipe for white chocolate fudge with dried cherries that calls for crysallized ginger. I looked at this type of ginger and a 2oz bottle cost over $8. Has anyone used this type of ginger? If I don't use this ginger any recommendations for a substitution?

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Old 12-29-2006, 10:24 PM   #2
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Humm ... we just had a discussion about this last week .... but, here is an explanation of Crystallized Ginger and some substitutes.
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:05 PM   #3
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If you buy crystalized ginger in a glass bottle from McCormack, it will be very expensive as you found out. If you can find some in the baking department (look for a little red box) or in an Asian market it will be quite reasonably priced.
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Old 12-30-2006, 04:26 AM   #4
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What Andy said. Also we have it in a bulk food store. It adds a great little burst of flavor.
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:42 PM   #5
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I get mine, very reasonable priced, from Penzey's spices.
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Old 01-02-2007, 02:39 AM   #6
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I have it as a garnish on one of my menu items, tahitian vanillia, coconut creme brulee. The ginger plays great with it.

We get it cheap at the asia market.
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Old 01-02-2007, 09:59 AM   #7
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My last purchase was $1.39 for 3 ounces. The brand is Roland, one of the major food distribution companies outside the USA.
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Old 01-04-2007, 12:05 AM   #8
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We purchase ours at a Health Food Store. We have a grocery store that carries bulk and does have the ginger. There is a co-op store that carries it.
There are places that do have ginger at a reasonable price. You need to locate one in your area.
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Old 01-04-2007, 02:57 AM   #9
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In terms of texture, you could substitute the same weight of a dried/crystallized fruit such as pineapple or papaya. They would both give a nice 'chew' and I'm sure a nice flavor, but there's no substitute I can think of for the kind of hot sparkle of crystallized ginger.

Before you buy it -- do you in general like hot/spicey and/or strong flavors? If not, substitute. If you do, go ahead and come back for some other ideas on where to use the leftovers!
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