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Old 12-20-2006, 07:33 PM   #11
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Just get yourself a lemon and grate a little of the skin on the fine grater. Done, no fuss, superior flavour, FAR cheaper than powder, far quicker.

Crystallised ginger is ginger preserved in a sugar coating. If you cant find it, use fresh ginger and a little extra sugar, or ginger powder and a little extra sugar. Different, but effective.
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:57 PM   #12
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I agree with the advise from cliveb. I have a special tool to use to make the lemon zest. You can buy the ginger in a Health Food Shop and some grocery stores carry the crystallized ginger. This is excellent in green tea..too.
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Old 12-21-2006, 03:44 AM   #13
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^___^ Thank you very much everybody you've helped me out lots <3 Hopefully my gingerbread cupcakes turn out great.
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Old 12-22-2006, 04:30 AM   #14
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Choose young, ripe, firm and non-stringy ginger...
And boy is that important, especially the "non-stringy". Mind you, if you're like me, the ginger you can get is the ginger you can get. You'll be able to get "young, ripe, firm and non-stringy" only if you're lucky.

I've love crystallised ginger but can't get it in Greece and what I've brought back from trips is long gone. So, I've tried making my own. Once. That was enough. It just wasn't even close to the commercial crystallised ginger.

In the U.S. the only crystallised ginger I've found is by Spice Islands, sold, duh, in the spice section. It's very, very nice and it's very, very expensive.

In the U.K. I can find it everywhere -- even from the sweets vendor in the train station! It's bigger and more tender and absolutely delicious.

It's an interesting addition to carrot cake, especially if you use pineapple as well, but my very favorite way to eat crystallised ginger is in chicken salad. Yep, chicken salad.

Diced chicken breast (preferably charcoal-grilled), finely-minced celery, sliced almonds, seedless green grape halves, crystallised ginger, mayonnaise, salt, and lots of cumin and coarsely ground black pepper. Knock-your-socks-off good!!
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Old 12-22-2006, 05:48 AM   #15
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Hello Ilovepinkhair.

I know u would prefer to buy a powder, but making your own lemon zest can be easy.
Everytime, i use a lemon, i just grate off some of it, with the cheese grater. Then i collect it, in a tub, in the fridge. If u just grate off a little, everytime u use a lemon and add to what u have already, then there will be no great big chore involved. And making the lemon zest also makes the kitchen smell lovely.

The last time i bought caramelized ginger, i bought it, in a health food store.

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Old 12-22-2006, 02:15 PM   #16
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Lemon gras has become very popular all of a sudden.
All of a sudden? You must either be very young or you live in Southern California where everything is "trendy" and considered "new", including those low-rise bluejeans which went out of style in the 1970's

Lemon grass has always been a popular ingredient in Asian cooking. When I lived in Bangkok you could find lemon grass (we won't even bring up the other types of grass!) on any street corner. Back in the states you had to search high and low for it but in the last decade or two you can find lemon grass in any grocery store; don't even have to go to an Asian market to find it.

Same thing with lemon and orange zest. Just buy an orange or a lemon and scrape off the outside just under the tough skin. The "zest" is just under there.

Crystallized ginger is easy enough to make at home. I don't have the recipe right on hand but it has something to do with boiling strips of ginger in simple syrup then coating it in granulated sugar and letting it dry. Hmmmm, reminds me of a ribs recipe I need to post!

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Old 01-08-2007, 09:35 PM   #17
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If there is an oriental market in your area, purchase the crystalized ginger there...its less expensive and far superior than the regular supermarket sort.
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Old 01-08-2007, 10:18 PM   #18
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Hi, I want to make Gingerbread cupcakes in my new vegan recipes book. I'm a little confused thought, I never heard of these ingredients before Lemon zest and Crystallized ginger. Now my one of my family members told me that lemon zest is just taking the lemon skin and grinding it but i wanted to get around that and find a powder. I've looked in superstore, sobeys , bulk barn maybe i'm looking in the wrong section but i can't seem to find what i'm looking for . Can you please Help me that would be great
As far as the grystallized ginger goes I just bought some in my local (chain) grocery store about a month ago. It looks like sugar coated rock candy. It was located in the spice section of the store. I thought it was rather expensive, two oz for $8.29 Hope that helps.
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If there is an oriental market in your area, purchase the crystalized ginger there...its less expensive and far superior than the regular supermarket sort.
Make your own. Dunk in simple syrup then roll in granulated sugar. Cheaper than an asian market, much cheaper than a grocery store.
Heh, most everything is cheaper if you do it a home. That includes hamburgers and fries, too

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