I have been planting turmeric for the past 3 years now, and every time I harvest it most of the time half of it goes to waste since I cannot finish them all before they get dried up and molds. You see each harvest of turmeric usually yield up to 1kg of rhizomes. I use it on my fried rice, steam rice, tea and the usual viands. That is why this year, I decided to make my own turmeric powder to lengthen the life of my harvest. Before I do this, I read a lot of tips online and the most useful one I read was from diyfoodandhealth.com, so if you are reading, thank you. 🙂
Recently, a lot has been said about the nutritious benefits of turmeric. It’s only beneficial for your health but it is use for beauty regimens too. But I will not be talking about that anymore, instead you may click HERE for more information. Just know, that I believe and agree that this is a power herb. What I will share to you today is what I did to produce my turmeric powder.
This is my turmeric plant before the harvest. What is nice about this plant is that is so pretty, it looks like an ornamental plant.
So gently pull the entire plant out. A lot of its soil will be going with it, that’s fine. But make sure to put back and reuse the soil, remember, a lot of nutrients still there. Make sure to double check also the ground to make sure no rhizome was left below. Every little piece counts. :)
What I did was get all the rhizomes from the plant, placed the entire plant on my compost bin (to recycle and reuse the nutrients in it someday). Placed all the turmeric I got in one big pail and wash them 5-7 times in there. As you see, my little assistant (a.k.a. stella) filling the bucket with water. Clean, brush and rub them there. Then the dirty water goes back to the garden. Remember in organic gardening, the nutrients is in the soil, so make sure you put it back for the plants to use again.
It’s always fun to involve little kids in activities such as gardening. They love to get dirty, so get them dirty in ways they can be productive. Washing the the turmeric several times, to make sure all the dirt in its little dents and corners gets removed. You can also use a brush to do this.
I was able to yield 1.1kg (1,100 grams) of turmeric from one plant. Air dried.
I borrowed a dehydrator from my friend Phines (hello to you if you’re reading), she bought this from a surplus shop for only P2,000. So I placed all the turmeric inside. Placed the temperature to 75 degrees Celsius.
Waited for them to dry Up till they get crispy. This took about 2 days on and off. It did really take so much time because of some mistake I did. Read on…
Here are a few of my mistakes:
1. I should have dried them more in the air to lessen the time with the dehydrator.
2. I should have sliced them thinly for faster drying and dehydrating.
3. If you see the molds from this picture, this was because they did not dry evenly. Some did, and these didn’t. Thus, the molds.
Some articles that I have read said to peel and boil them, but I did not do that. I am not sure if I consider that a mistake yet, but will surely try that other method some other time.
Here is all I got left from the 1.1kg of turmeric. Sad I know. But we all learn from mistakes, right? Anyway, I have decided to put them in the oven for 5-10 minutes to make sure they get crispier before I put them in the blender.
Using my smoothie blender, this is where I powdered the dried turmeric. Dual-purpose, eh?! But I think a coffee grinder will do the job better. I just don’t have one. :)
I have used an old jar of mayonnaise, as you can see the brand from the lid. Hehe. But that has been washed properly and placed in the oven to kill any bacteria in it.
Use a spoon to transfer or any utensil you feel that will the job. Go for it!
Tadaaa! Here is the finished product. I still feel bad though that a lot of the turmeric has been wasted because of the mistakes I had doing this process. But on the lighter side, I threw back to the garden soil, so the nutrients will not be a total waste. But here’s what we got. I am planning to use this powder for the dishes that will be prepared during this Christmas break.
So there you go my dear friends, I hope you learned from all my experiences in my journey to produce the turmeric powder. I know it required a lot of time, but it sure was fun, educational and worth it! I can’t wait for my next harvest! Thanks for reading!