This makes the whole house smell terrific!
1 lb. Fresh Ginger Root
1-1/2 C. plus 1/4 C. Sugar
Peel ginger root. Cut into approx. 1/4 inch thick slices.
In 2-quart saucepan, heat ginger slices and 2 C. water to boiling over high heat. Boil 5 minutes. Drain. Repeat boiling and draining 3 more times, removing ginger from pan after the last draining.
In the same saucepan, heat 1-1/2 C. sugar and 1-1/2 C. water to boiling. Add ginger slices and return to boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer, gently stirring occasionally, until the ginger is translucent — an hour or more.
With a slotted spoon, transfer the ginger to wire racks placed over a tray or cookie sheet. Let ginger stand until the surface is dry to the touch then shake in a bag with the final 1/4 C sugar. (This can take awhile depending on the humidity and time of
Allow the ginger-sugar solution to cool and save. This is excellent when added to hot tea, or any other beverage to which you would add sweetener.