Turmeric milk? “What is that,” you may ask. It doesn’t exactly roll right off the old tongue, now does it. Well, let me tell you, folks, turmeric milk may not sound as decadent as chocolate milk (because it’s not LOL) but it’s a whole lot better for you and definitely something you need to try. Why? Because it offers all the health benefits of turmeric’s curcumin complex in a convenient, tasty, storable beverage that can be enjoyed at any time, day or night, although you probably won’t be able to resist drinking it fresh. This article will bring you up to speed on how to make turmeric milk. Enjoy.
What is Turmeric Milk?
Depending upon whom you ask, turmeric milk or golden milk mean different things. At its very essence turmeric milk is simply turmeric-infused milk spiced to taste. Now, if that doesn’t sound appealing do not despair for there is a multitude of methods available for preparing this golden concoction and surely at least one variety will tantalize your taste buds. Turmeric golden milk can be enjoyed straight up on its own or combined with an infinite array of smoothies, teas and other recipes. Herewith we present a tableau of tips on turmeric milk, turmeric golden milk or whatever you prefer to call this wholesome golden nectar of goodness.
How to Make Turmeric Milk
There are basically three ways to make turmeric milk, each of which is relatively easy assuming you have the proper ingredients. And, as you shall see, that is not a tall order for if you possess some turmeric, some black pepper and any variety of animal or vegetable milk, you’re prepared for launch. If you enjoy a touch of sweetness with your hot beverage consider adding a dab of raw organic honey…mmm…instead of refined sugar. Sugar…baaaad!
The first method, the basic method, is, well, basically a mixture of four primary ingredients: turmeric powder, black pepper, water and milk. Any type of milk will suffice including coconut milk, almond milk, goat milk or cow milk, you make the call. Simply combine the ingredients to achieve your preferred taste and consistency, simmer on low heat for five to ten minutes and enjoy. How basic is that?!
Dry Mix Method
The second method involves preparation of a handy dandy mix of shelf stable powder that can be combined with water and milk at the time of preparation – kind of like having a tin of macha green tea in the pantry. Just stir a few teaspoons of this dry mix into a saucepan of simmering milk and water and enjoy. Nearly instant gratification! By the way, as noted in the Turmeric Guru’s About Page, distilled water is always recommended for cooking and drinking and this distiller is the one I have used almost daily without a hitch since early 2014.
A single serving example of the dry mix method would include a teaspoon of turmeric powder combined with pinches of black pepper, ground ginger and cinnamon. Of course, other spices can be added as well. Mix up a batch of this powder in proportion, store for future use, and break it out whenever the mood strikes. Let your imagination run wild with variations on this theme until you discover a handful of recipes that are just right for you.
Golden Paste Method
The golden paste method involves making turmeric milk from turmeric golden paste. Turmeric paste, or golden paste, is a damp mixture of storable turmeric goodness commonly added to curries, sauces, soups and just about any recipe one can imagine. Golden paste is essentially the dry mix with the addition of a natural oil. See the Turmeric Guru’s article on Turmeric Golden Paste for more details.
A typical golden paste mixture includes turmeric powder, black pepper, water and any healthful natural oil. Just heat the ingredients in a saucepan, allow them to cool, and keep in the fridge for up to several weeks. When you’re ready to enjoy a piping hot cup of golden milk just add a teaspoon of this tantalizing tonic to a saucepan of simmering milk (plus some water if preferred), allow it to infuse for a few minutes and enjoy.
Turmeric Golden Milk Recipe
Here’s a simple recipe for golden milk. You’ll need a teaspoon of golden paste, 2 cups of any kind of milk, a half cup of water and a tablespoon of honey. Heat ingredients on the stove until the temperature allows for desired consistency while mixing with a spoon. Try not to boil and allow to simmer on low heat for a few minutes. That’s it. Allow it to cool to your preferred temp and enjoy. Add a dab of honey, a drop of vanilla or a pinch of cinnamon to spice things up even more! You can drink it hot or cold, so if you don’t like warm milk you can put it in the fridge to cool where it can be stored for the same length of time you would normally store the milk.
There are many reasons to incorporate turmeric milk into your daily routine. Here are some of the reasons why you may want to try it.
Turmeric is just plain good for your overall health. There are so many healthful properties associated with turmeric that you may want to just focus on the fact that it’s a general health elixir and leave it at that. But more specifically, it’s an immune system booster, digestive system facilitator and regulator, and overall disease preventer.
Once you incorporate turmeric into your daily routine you will probably notice fewer onsets of colds and other annoying infections, a lessening of inflammation throughout the body, a reduction in joint and muscle pain and clearer more glowing skin. In addition, turmeric assists the body’s natural detoxification processes thereby aiding in the lowering of blood pressure, prevention of Alzheimer’s and free radical scavenging that provides a whole range of anti-aging benefits plus the prevention of cancer cell development. Sound too amazing to be true? I know. Seems incredible. But if you are so inclined the Turmeric Guru recommends that you consult the most excellent and exhaustive library of medical research ever compiled on the benefits of turmeric at the GreenMedinfo web site.
If you live in a densely populated urban setting you are especially subject to toxic invasion from polluted air and water as well as the ever present effects of radiation from cell phones, cell towers, WiFi, cordless landline phones and everything else that emits toxic electromagnetic fields (EMF). In case you aren’t aware, you’re swimming in a soup of this non-ionizing but harmful radiation day and night if you live in a typical urban environment or even if your suburban home is outfitted with these devices. Not good. Turmeric will help your body eliminate toxins that contribute to EMF hypersensitivity and turmeric golden milk is a tasty and convenient way to amp up the cleansing process.
Bottom line: since turmeric is so easy to procure and so easy on the wallet there’s really no valid reason not to get involved.
Drinking turmeric milk is a tasty alternative method of ingesting the healthful properties of turmeric. It’s easy to make and there is a variety of ways to do it – have it your way. Once you have the basic recipe down you can experiment with other spices like cinnamon and ingredients like honey to make it your own. The best part is that it can be whipped up in bulk and stored dry in the pantry or damp in the fridge to be enjoyed later, cold or warm. It’s up to you, as the benefits of either preparation are the same. This is not an adult beverage, by the way, so share it with the kids!