Pantry Favorite: The Ginger People's Ginger Syrup

I love fresh ginger in both sweet and savory cooking and am perfectly happy to peel, chop, grate, shred or squeeze mounds of it. But sometimes I'm in a hurry, or find myself without any ginger on hand. I've learned the hard way that powdered ginger, while a perfectly respectable spice, is often not a good substitute. But this Ginger Syrup most certainly is. Delicious stuff! Read on for a list of its many uses.The Ginger People's Ginger Syrup comes is a glass bottle that you can keep in the pantry (not in the refrigerator.) It pours in a lovely thick, spicy ribbon. It is made with ginger and cane sugar, so while it can be used for savory dishes, they must be able to handle sweet as well as the spice. It is excellent to keep on hand for a variety of purposes:

Sweet
• As a glaze on cakes (lemon, ginger or chocolate cake come to mind)
• On pancakes, waffles, french toast
• Pour over ginger-friendly fresh fruits like peaches, mangoes, figs or pears
• Use in a poaching liquid for pears or apples
• Add to a compote for extra zing, or as part of the liquid to rehydrate dried fruits
• Add to jam or marmalade recipes in place of some of the sugar
• Pour over ice cream or yogurt

Savory
• A glaze for carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, beets
• In dipping sauces
• Combine with lemon and thyme and glaze a chicken before roasting

Beverages
• Combine with carbonated water for ginger soda, or add a dollop to your morning orange juice
• In teas, replacing your usual sweetener
• As a toddy with hot water, lemon and brandy
• In cocktails and cordials

The Ginger People's website has dozens of recipes, as well as a locator map for stores that carry their products. You can also order their Ginger Syrup online, for $4.00 per 8-oz bottle.

Related: DIY Recipe: Crystallized Ginger

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