Building appreciation for our food starts with getting involved and jumping in and trying something new. Enter this tutorial on how to make turmeric powder from the root.
The amount of powder you will get will be dependent on how much root you buy. (We get a bagful from our local co-op.)
TURMERIC POWDER RECIPE
- Place turmeric roots in pot. Cover with water and boil for 45 minutes. Roots should be soft at this point.
- Drain water and set roots aside on a clean towel. Allow to cool.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees (or lower if you live in a very humid climate).
- After roots are cool begin cutting them into thin slices. (They should look like little discs.) They don’t have to be super thin, but keep in mind we are going to dry them so if they are thick the drying process will take longer. No reason to worry about the skin, just leave it on.
- Place slices on a baking sheet with wax paper, making sure not to overlap slices. Bake for 2 hours. After they have baked allow to cool a bit and check for moisture. If most of the root has dried but some pieces appear to still have some moisture, place those back into the oven and check back often until these last pieces are dry.
- Once all your turmeric is dry and cool, place in a food processor or good blender to grind into powder. This is the point where you want to make sure you have removed all the moisture from your turmeric. If not, it will turn into a paste rather than powder. (Sidenote: I didn’t dry thoroughly enough my first time, and accidentally created a paste in my blender. Luckily it was very hot and dry outside so I placed the paste back on my baking sheet and set outside to dry. When it was thoroughly dry, I placed the now-dried paste back into the blender to finish grinding into powder. I could have also just placed it back into my oven and waited for it to finish drying.)
- Now that you have your fresh turmeric powder, put in a moisture-tight container and store in a cool dry place.
There are numerous other ways of making your own turmeric powder, but this is the one that worked for me, and (this is important) got the process done in a few hours rather than a few days. Enjoy in smoothies, golden milk (amazing), or as a spice in any dish.
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