I made ginger candy and ginger syrup. (It's hot and spicy!!!)
I sliced about 1/2 pound fresh ginger root (using a hand-held slicer). I rinsed & drained the slices a few times with warm water, to get flakes and impurities out (it's easier to rinse the slices than it is to peel the root).
I put 2 cups sugar and 4 cups water in saucepan, added 1/2tsp salt (not enough to taste, but it brings out flavors). I turned on the heat and stirred the water to start the sugar dissolving. Then I carefully added the clean ginger slices. I also added two whole cloves (for subtle clove taste).
I simmered it all gently, uncovered, for several hours (stirring occasionally to keep pieces from sticking together) until the liquid had reduced by more than half. Then I let it cool.
After it cooled, I took the ginger pieces out and laid them on waxed paper on a cookie sheet. I threw out the cloves. I strained the syrup and put it in a bottle. I will use it to sweeten things (with a zing!), like herbal tea.
I let the pieces dry overnight, then turned them over, onto a clean sheet of waxed paper. It takes several days for the pieces to dry. When they are most of the way dry, I dust them with sugar, then pack them in a sealed container. They're best still soft and chewy.<>@<>
I had some vodka that I have been allowing to set with fresh ginger in it (almost 4 weeks). I strained that, put it in a bottle and added some of the ginger/clove syrup. That wonderfully hot liqueur is going to be a birthday present for my brother. I'm also sending him some candied pieces. So don't tell him. Shhhhh....
edit: I'm trying VERY hard not to consume my brother's birthday present before it gets mailed.
edit2: I mailed my brother's gift.... I had enough left over to save some for me.