Health Powerhouses: Ginger & Turmeric


Fresh ginger and turmeric can sometimes look a little alien to us, but the staff here at Farmers Market of the Ozarks is here to give you some pointers on how to handle these funny-looking, little rhizomes (roots).

Millsap Farm is currently supplying FMO with our fresh ginger and turmeric every Saturday so we encourage you to stop by and pick some up. Our hope is that this post will show you the best way to make a combination paste of ginger and turmeric that can be used in savory or sweet preparations. Think of it as creating your own ingredient that can be added to soups, stir fry’s, or even smoothies. We will use equal parts of ginger and turmeric for this recipe, about 2 ounces of each (or fill the palm of your hand with each root). This will produce between a ½-3/4 a cup of paste.

The Steps

  1. Wash your roots to get any leftover dirt out of any crevices and then break your ginger and turmeric into single little knobs.
  2. The fresh turmeric will turn everything orange! So we recommend having gloves, clean dishtowels or sandwich bags around so once you start peeling you can hold the peeled root with something and avoid getting your fingers dyed!
  3. Use a spoon to scrape the peel away on both the ginger and the turmeric.
  4. Once your roots are all peeled roughly chop the chunks together. Chop them till they are pea sized.
  5. Combine your chopped goods into a bowl and add 2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil and an optional teaspoon of honey. Other oils can be substituted.
  6. We used a small hand mixer to blend our pea sized chunks and oil. You can use a food processor but we suggest emptying the mixture as soon as it is blended so to avoid staining your processor with the orange turmeric!
  7. Once the mixture is evenly blended and stored in a sealed glass container or sandwich bag you can keep the mixture in your fridge for two weeks!

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This mixture can now be spooned into a stir fry or easily stirred into a savory soup. We suggest adding chopped garlic if cooking a savory meal and adding honey or agave if making something sweet. The turmeric ginger combination is great when sweetened and added into baked goods! Start with a ½ teaspoon at a time and then increase the amount to your liking.
Both turmeric and ginger have wonderful health benefits! Full of antioxidants and well known for their anti-inflammatory properties. They are good for stiff bones in the winter and great for keeping our digestion system working strong, so come by Market and pick some up and stay tuned for future recipes using your new paste! 

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