I made some organic Turmeric powder spice

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  1. Mark

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    Today, I ground up some turmeric I had dried in my dehydrator (took about 24 hours to dry) and made our own turmeric powder! WOW, I can tell you my kitchen smelt like an Indian spice shop :)

    I can tell the spice powder is really potent and now I know why some chefs say to take it easy on the turmeric when making a curry etc; however, the standard supermarket packet stuff isn't near as pungent and over the years I'm used to doubling the amount in a recipe just to get a good hit. Not with this stuff! She's wonderfully aromatic!

    I took some video so I'll probably knock up a short clip soon (and post it here) on how I grow turmeric and then turn it into powder - it's so easy to do...

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    Amazing I love spices!
     
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    Good one Mark :cheer:
     
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    Thanks Kate :)

    I used some in a mince dish last night just to add a little flavour :twothumbsup:
     
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    Finally managed to source some galangal and cumin...arrived today, will let you know how it goes!
     
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    I planted some galangal last year but unfortunately the tubers rotted and it never grew :(

    I'd be interested to see how yours goes!
     
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    Ohhhh, that's not so good :(
    I've lost ginger in the past too, and still can't work out why some grows (patch planted in same spot is going gangbusters) and some rots. Fingers crossed then with the galangal. :)
     
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    I have galangal & turmeric growing like weeds here!
    I inadvertently put a small piece of turmeric root in my last slow cooked veg stew.
    At dinner that night I was happily munching away when all of a sudden I got this terrible explosion in my mouth.:vomit:
    It was so strong it failed to taste like turmeric anymore. I spat it out to see what it was & recognised the remainder of the root I had left on the sink earlier that day! :oops: The taste lingered in my mouth all the following day.

    I must remember to just use a small piece in my curries & dhal.
    My turmeric this last year grew really big roots. Apparently I could have sold it for top dollar. But I didn't harvest it in time so now it is rough & unsightly. Maybe I'll check next years crop & take it to the person who said they would pay me a motsa for it!
     
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    ahahahahhah !! (Laughing with you...not at you ClissAT) It's remarkably strong fresh - given the dried store bought stuff has little flavour!
    I did the same - having dug up the tubers after the plant started to die back (possibly a little early) it was paler than I expected...I mistook some left over on the bench for a little finger of Jerusalem artichoke which had been growing in a similar area and which I'd just read you could eat raw - bit like a water chestnut...definitely don't recommend popping a piece of turmeric in your mouth! :shock: :censored: VERY BAD!
     
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    Actually for that matter...the rest of the Jerusalem artichoke that went in the curry wasn't that great either!! Not sure if I'll keep going with that one (despite it's pretty flowers)
     
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    Oskar have you tried growing yacon instead? I think you would still get the crispy texture, the sweetish taste & a veg that holds together during cooking. Also you still get pretty flowers. And you can eat it raw like apple although due to it's amazingly juicy crispness, I found it an acquired taste when expecting apple flavour!
    Another thing I think may apply to it is that it might even be a little like choko in that it might take on other flavours. I make an excellent apple pie using only the skin & flesh of 1 green apple along with 6 chokos. I have some yacon growing again this year & I am going to try it in an apple pie to test.
     
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    I've never actually heard of yacon! I'll go google it...I actually quite like choko...I use it as a potato substitute in thai curries, but it's a little firmer. Not being from Qld, I don't have that aversion that some of the locals seem to have! (People of a certain era seem to really despise choko...had to eat too much of it as kids I believe!)
     
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    I am going to try this now. I have a dehydrator and I see turmeric at my produce market a lot. I cook Indian food lots too!

    What'd you use to grind? Blender? Food Processor? Coffe Grinder type of thing?

    Would you suppose Turmeric would be stored in an opaque jar to keep it fresher? Personally I would vacuum seal it in an opaque container. I should write a guide on how to do that.
     
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    Yes I used a coffee grinder thingy attachment on our mixer... :)
    Maybe :dunno: Please do write a guide that would be very helpful!
     
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    I'll do some research and see what I can find out!
     
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    Im wondering if my ninja could do the same job as the your coffee grinder, i use it to grind lindseeds to make linseed meal for my not so real bread :p ( gluten free, xanthan gum free, vegetable gum free). It took me a few goes, but now i can eat bread. I digress... anyways!

    How do you think the ninja blender would go to make powder from the dehydrated turmeric?
    Do you think you could make onion or garlic powder the same way?
     
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    For a moment there I had visions of one of these guys :assassin: Standing in your kitchen slicing and dicing! I use the coffee grinder attachment of my bamix...works a treat, so I don't see why a ninja blender wouldn't work. Sometimes it's just the size that's an issue....getting enough of the product over the blades in a bigger blender means it can take ages to get a fine, even powder.
     
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    Mark,
    Could you keep the dried Turmeric as a whole piece and grate it as required, like a nutmeg ? I'm thinking I may keep some of its intensity . your thoughts ?
     
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    Most definately! Some people keep it in the freezer and grate it when required - this is a good way to do it.
     
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    Yes Mark that would be my suggestion too.
    Lots of things keep a lot better in the freezer, such as yeast & herbs/spices.
     
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