Turmeric Golden Paste
If you are considering adding more turmeric into your diet a great way to do so is by first making some turmeric paste for easy accessibility on the fly. Turmeric paste is easy to make, requires only a few ingredients, and produces a healthful medicine that tastes good and does a body good. Here’s what you need to know about the process.
What is Turmeric Paste
The most commonly noted active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin and both names are generally used interchangeably. As noted in other posts within this blog turmeric, or curcumin, is an amazing natural ingredient that supports human health in a variety of ways. It is most effectively absorbed when combined with black pepper and if delivered in an oil base, so here is an article on how to prepare a delicious and time saving potion that can facilitate the integration of turmeric into your daily routine.
At its most fundamental level turmeric golden paste consists of turmeric powder, black pepper, water (preferably distilled) and a healthful oil like olive, coconut or flax. Having some delicious golden paste available in the fridge allows you to be prepared and enjoy more choices when you are ready to indulge in your next turmeric experience. Mmmm…this is one medicine that doesn’t taste yucky – no need for a spoonful of sugar to make this medicine go down. Although we don’t necessarily recommend taking it straight up, you can. It just depends on how your taste buds respond. Normally, folks use turmeric paste as a health boosting ingredient to spice up just about any dish or drink. Have some fun. Experiment!
How to Make Turmeric Paste
To make the paste just heat the mixture in a saucepan until smooth and somewhat creamy. It doesn’t matter if you use fresh grated turmeric or turmeric powder, either or both will work just fine. After heating up this creamy golden elixir simply put it in an enclosed container and store it in the fridge so small portions can be used whenever needed for tea or spicing up just about any dish imaginable. This paste will stay fresh in your fridge for at least two weeks. If you have more than you can consume in the next two weeks just pop the remainder in the freezer.
Turmeric Paste Recipe
Here’s a recipe for this powerful paste: a quarter cup of coconut, flax or olive oil; a half cup turmeric powder; three quarters cup of water; and two teaspoons ground black pepper. Feel free to modify ingredient quantities to taste. Adding or subtracting water allows one to easily change consistency.
Always be sure to use filtered or, better yet, distilled water. As you may read in the About section of this blog, the Turmeric Guru uses only distilled water for all consumption, including cooking, and recommends this distiller if you do not have one. I’ve been running it almost every night since early 2014 and it works great.
If you are not a big fan of black pepper you can use a little less, but don’t scrimp too much because this activates turmeric’s absorption factor. You can also substitute other healthful oils such as avocado or grapeseed if you’re feeling adventurous. Use the highest quality ingredients you can afford, especially the turmeric and oil because, remember, this paste is basically a natural medicine.
How to Use Turmeric Paste
Once you have some paste on hand it’s relatively easy to incorporate into your meals and snacks in an unlimited number of ways. You can add it to any sauce, soup, smoothie or hot drink to boost it into the realm of health food status.
Try just a little at first. If you like the taste, great! If not, well, maybe your palate just needs a little adult conditioning to adapt to this wonderfully complex flavor. If that’s the case you have my permission to cheat by adding a bit of honey. This will definitely sweeten it up if you just want to consume the mixture straight up rather than mixed into your favorite recipes.
If you do prefer to consume your turmeric paste straight up like a medicine start with one teaspoon a couple of times per day. Then, over time you can up the dose and frequency as desired. Some people also add grated ginger or cinnamon. It really depends on your palate. There is no wrong way to make turmeric paste so long as you include the main ingredients – turmeric, black pepper, water and a natural oil.
What Can Turmeric Paste Do
In case you’re unaware of the beneficial properties of turmeric paste here are some of the most common ailments it is known to alleviate.
Inflammation, noted by swelling and redness, often occurs in conjunction with other issues and can result in severe pain and reduced mobility. Turmeric is known to be quite effective in reducing all manner of inflammation throughout the body, especially that of the joints. Which means turmeric is an effective natural remedy for the pain and swelling of arthritis.
Stomach problems. Turmeric is known to be a natural antacid helping to alleviate some of the most common stomach problems such as digestion and gerd.
These are just a couple of the well known areas in which turmeric can assist in your quest for optimal health. Please consult other articles in this blog on turmeric’s efficacy in treating and preventing Alzheimer’s, cancer, high blood pressure and many other health issues. People need to wake up from the trance of post-modern allopathic medicine’s advertising and realize that nature has given us a veritable pharmacy of wonderfully effective natural remedies that can be found in the wild as well as online.
Instead of just using turmeric powder or capsules, many people love to incorporate turmeric paste into their diet. This mixture that can be easily prepared beforehand, stored in the fridge or freezer, and spooned right into your favorite dishes or drinks with ease.
It can also be ingested straight from the jar if you want to take it like a medicine. It’s easy to make and has so many health improving benefits there really is no excuse for not whipping up a batch and at least giving it a try.