DIY Turmeric Powder

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Introduction: DIY Turmeric Powder

Tumeric is a multi-purpose herbal medicine, good internally and externally. Fresh tumeric powder is great for teas, curries or to add an interesting taste and colour to your food. Externally, add tumeric powder to petroleum jelly to assist with skin disorders and improve overall skin tone.

Step 1: Wash Saffron Rhizomes

Rinse and remove all dirt and debris that may be trapped around each rhizome. Scrub with a vegetable brush if you can.

Step 2: Boil Saffron

In cold clear water, boil the saffron until soft.

Step 3: Cut Into Small Pieces

Cut cooled saffron into small pieces and spread on a baking sheet or in your dehydrator.

Step 4: Bake for 1-3hrs

This step would depend on the setting of your oven or dehydrator. The desired texture is dry and crisp, almost brittle to the touch.

Step 5: Add to Blender

Place the dried saffron into a blender to process into powder.

Step 6: Blend Well for Tumeric

The consistency of the finished tumeric powder will depend on you, but I like mine as fine as possible. This finished tumeric powder will keep well over a year. Store in an airtight container and use daily for great health benefits.

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    Can I use the procedure for my research and also if baking is not available, is there any other ways aside from using oven?

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    It's spelled turmeric. Why couldn't one just slice the rhizomes thinly and dry it raw? Also, it would be helpful to know the temperature at which you baked it to dehydrate it. Your finished turmeric is much more brown than the glowing saffron color it is when sold commercially.

    Boiling or heating makes the curcumin in raw form into deketene curcumin, a stronger substance that fights cancers.

    A sistren of mine suggested I freeze it and then grate it, but this technique is an ancient one used by Indian people here in the Caribbean. I'm not sure why mine is a little browner, will try the method of not boiling and freezing the rhizomes instead.

    Works great (grate, ha ha) with ginger root, too.

    Just found this great article that explains why it's boiled, explained as 'curing': http://www.turmericforhealth.com/general-info/how-to-make-turmeric-powder-at-home-from-raw-turmeric

    I have some and was in need of this info @QuilinF Thanks!!!

    Where do buy the Saffron Rhizomes?

    Turmeric rhizomes are easy to grow. Home Depot in US sells decorative plants.

    Saffron rhizomes are a little more difficult. See picture and description above.

    Hi there, i'm not sure where you are. Here in the Caribbean it's quite common. Maybe you can try an Ethnic store or an Indian grocery for sure should have some. Good luck!

    not saffron. Not petroleum jelly.