HOW TO SELECT AND STORE TURMERIC (4)

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Continued from last week…    

Even though dried herbs and spices are widely available in supermarkets, explore the local spice stores in your area. Just like with other dried spices, try to select organically grown turmeric since this will give you more assurance that the dried, powdered herb has not been irradiated. Since the color of turmeric varies among varieties, it is not a strict criterion for quality.

Note that fresh turmeric root is also becoming more widely available to consumers. You’ll usually find this form of turmeric in the produce section, sometimes near the ginger root. If you bring this form of turmeric home from the grocery, it should be stored in the refrigerator.

Ensure not to confuse turmeric with curry. “Curry” is a much generalized name for spice combinations that typically contain turmeric alongside of numerous other spices. For example, a dried powdered curry powder may often contain turmeric, coriander, cumin, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and clove, along with other spices like nutmeg.

Dried turmeric powder should be kept in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark and dry place. And as mentioned earlier, fresh turmeric rhizome (root) should be kept in the refrigerator.

TIPS FOR PREPARING AND COOKING

Be careful when using turmeric since its deep color can easily stain. To avoid a lasting stain, quickly wash any area with which it has made contact with soap and water. To prevent staining your hands, you might consider wearing kitchen gloves while handling turmeric.

If you are able to find turmeric rhizomes in the grocery store, you can make your own fresh turmeric powder by boiling, drying and then grinding it into a fine consistency.

Although turmeric is generally a staple ingredient in curry powder, some people like to add a little extra of this spice when preparing curries. And turmeric doesn’t have to only be used in curries. This spice is delicious and healthy

For an especially delicious way to add more turmeric to your healthy way of eating, when preparing your meal, generously add a spoonful of turmeric for 5 minutes. For those fighting belly fats, boil it with your tea and add honey to taste.

If you would like to feel 10-20 years younger, don’t let this amazing spice of nature be found missing in your meal.

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