Cooking hints

Turmeric

Fresh turmeric, the dried powder, capsules with the dried powder and dehydrated turmeric pieces in the big jar.

This wonderful root is an amazing healer. It tends to grow abundantly in our garden, just like ginger. How do we get enough turmeric in our diet? It is strong tasting, so you cannot add too much in your food. Dehydrating is the solution for us!

We chop the fresh turmeric and place them on sheets in the dehydrator. We dehydrate at around 105 degrees F (around 40 degrees C) to ensure all the enzymes and goodness still stay intact. Once they are dehydrated, we store them in jars until we need to powder them. We powder the turmeric in our Vitamix blender using short bursts so it does not heat up the powder. We store the powder and use it for cooking or make our own (vegecaps) turmeric capsules. We use a “Cap m Quick” capsule filler and Hulda Herbs’ vege caps size 0. You can fill 50 capsules at the time. It is a bit time consuming and labour intensive, but then you can take 2 (or more) turmeric capsules with every meal, to enjoy the benefits of this wonderful spice.

“Turmeric, with its antibacterial action, prevents bacterial infections on wounds. Turmeric also has a long history of use for its anti-inflammatory and antiarthritic effects. As in India, it is used in China, Japan, and Korea for a range of indications including, Amenorrhea. Turmeric has been investigated for its cholagogous influence on the secretion of bile, pancreatic, and gastric juices. It is currently being evaluated for its anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic properties.” Read more: Medicinal use of Turmeric, Medindia: http://www.medindia.net/alternativemedicine/turmeric.asp#ixzz1zcOTNL5l

Or just Google “healing qualities of turmeric” to find out more on this amazing spice.

And of course, besides all the healing properties and ways you can add more to your diet by having capsules, it is also one of the ingredients in yummy Indian curry….

©2012 Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast – Permaculture and self reliance: Uses for tumeric

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  1. I had an abundance of both ginger and turmeric at the same time, and no dehydrator. I peeled equal amounts of both and put them in the food processor, with a dollop of coconut oil and turned them into a think paste. I use it with rice or curry. I put some in the pumpkin pie a few days ago too and that was really yummy. I think it would also be good with honey and lemon in hot water as a cold remedy.

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  2. Thank you for mentioning the capsule filler. I make my own clove capsules, used as part of an anti-parasitic cleanse. I was doing them individually… yes with difficulty and time-consuming! I have now bought a capsule filler and will remember to make capsules with turmeric (hopefully next season). Thanks for that great idea!

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    • At least 24 hours. Depending on atmospheric conditions and your dehydrator, please continue to check hardness after 24 hours. To be able to grind them up well enough, they will need to be very dry. Thank you!

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  3. Hello. I read in another article that you need to boil and peel the turmeric before putting in dehydrator, do you think this is necessary?

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    • We have never done that and it has worked fine for us. I am not aware of any health benefits if you peel and boil them, or of any negative effects from not peeling or boiling. Did the other article say what the reason was for peeling and boiling?

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      • No. They did not mention anything. I have done your method, I am down on grinding them today. I will be posting the process on our website too. Thank you. 🙂

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