Tuesday Tip | How to Store Turmeric Roots (Kachi Haldi or Kurkuma) ?

Fresh turmeric is a bright orange root-like subterranean stem (aka a rhizome) known for powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. A member of the ginger family, it has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicines for centuries to heal wounds, treat skin conditions, inflammations, and infections.

Turmeric Roots | Kachi Haldi | Kurkuma

Turmeric root has both culinary and medicinal benefits that can be attributed to curcumin, the primary active ingredient in turmeric. Turmeric is all the rage for its purported health benefits. Most of us know turmeric as a brilliant orange powder used in Indian and Southeast Asian cooking. It’s one of the primary ingredients in curry powder. 

Haldi Wala Doodh | Golden Milk

How to Store Turmeric Roots (Kachi Haldi ) ? Perhaps you’ve noticed this beautiful orange root next to the ginger in your local vegetable market but found the idea of storing it rather daunting. Fresh turmeric root stores easily and keeps well up to 2 weeks. Today, I will show an easy way to store turmeric roots or kachi haldi.

Ziplock Bag & Glass Container Method

Things Required :

Fresh Turmeric Roots – 1 kg
Some Kitchen Tissue paper or Coffee filter
Ziplock bags or Glass container
Few rubber bands

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Method :

Wash the fresh turmeric roots to remove dirt.

Drying turmeric root thoroughly. Spread clean turmeric roots on a kitchen towel to get rid of excess moisture.

Take a steel thali or plate and line with a tissue paper.

Spread clean and dry turmeric roots.

Let it dry for 3 – 4 hours.

Turmeric will stain grater as well as hands turn into yellow/ orange color. You can avoid this by using steel grater (no plastic attached to it ) and wear plastic gloves ( while grating turmeric).

How to store Turmeric Roots ?

Ziplock Bag : In this method I used coffee filters (you can use kitchen tissue as well). Fill coffee filters bag with dry turmeric roots. Then seal with rubber bands.

Then store them in a ziplock bag. Keep ziplock bag in a refrigerator.

Glass Container : Line a kitchen tissue in glass container store dry turmeric roots. Keep container in a refrigerator.

Tuesday Tip | How to Dry Fresh Coriander Leaves in the Microwave Method | Fresh Coriander Leaves Powder

For thousands of years, drying was the only way to keep herbs from spoiling. It’s easy, inexpensive, and healthier than artificial flavoring methods because dried herbs do not contain chemical additives.

Ready to flavor recipes

Drying herbs is a great way to extend the flavor of a bountiful crop. It works best with herbs like bay leaves, oregano, rosemary, sage, coriander, mint, and thyme, and there are a couple of methods you can use. The fastest way just happens to involve your microwave.

Dried Coriander Leaves

Drying herbs also extend their shelf life by removing any moisture that bacteria could use to survive. The Microwave Method – Yes, really – It’s a trick. Just in 7 minutes and it’s done.

Fresh Coriander Leaves

Method :

  • Wash coriander leaves and remove any discolored herb or rotten leaves (I like to keep stems as well).
Washing Leaves
  • Dry coriander leaves between layers of paper towels, patting them down gently to remove as much water as possible.
Drying Leaves
  • Lay coriander leaves on a microwave safe tray. Microwave them on high powder for 2 minutes. Check them every 60 seconds to make sure that they don’t get burned. Do three rounds.
  • This way the moisture from leaves will evaporate and it will start to dry.
Dried Leaves
  • Now take out the dried leaves and allow them to cool down for 5 minutes.
  • Now put dried leaves into a mixing jar (small) and run for 60 seconds (you can crush leaves by hands as well).
Dried Coriander Leaves
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool pantry away from light.
Perfect Fine Powder

Tuesday Tip | Squeezing Citrus Fruits : Trick to get more juice ? | Microwave Method

Juicing isn’t exactly difficult, but if you want to get the most out of your citrus fruit and your money – as possible, here are a few kitchen tricks to make sure you never waste any.

Fresh Oranges

Fresh juices are packed with soluble fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are easily digestible and quickly absorbed. Drinking a glass a day will boost your health, give you more energy, detoxify your body. Fresh juice makes citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges are the most often used fruits in drinks.

Refreshing Orange Juice

There are several different ways you can get fresh juice from citrus fruit and it takes just a few minutes. There’s nothing better than a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. But it’s often not that easy to extract all the juice, and squeezing oranges can quickly become a muscle-building exercise.

Fresh Orange Juice

Orange juice is one of the best known and preferred beverages around the world. It is incredibly accessible and easy to make, as you only need to squeeze a few fresh oranges. This fruit’s sweet and citrus taste makes it the perfect refreshing drink for hot summer days.

Ready For Microwave

Rolling the citrus fruit on a firm countertop is the most common method for juicing. By rolling it will break the membranes around the capsules in the fruit’s flesh that hold all of the juice. Today I am sharing the easiest method how can you get maximum juice – Microwave Method. Microwave orange for a few seconds before juicing and done.

Microwave for 20 seconds

Allowing orange to reach room temperature before juicing will significantly increase the juice yield. If you refrigerate orange, set it out for at least thirty minutes.

Orange – My Favorite Fruit

For a quick warm-up, cut oranges and arrange them on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave for 20 seconds and it is done !!

Microwave Method

Freshly squeezed orange juice has will find their way into countless drink recipes and the best part no need to add sugar while making smoothies. Besides smoothies, you can use orange juice in baking as well.

Orange Juice

Orange juice adds a welcome tang that complements either sweet or savory dishes. Some of my favorite recipes with orange juice – Strawberry Orange Smoothie, Orange Kiwi Popsicles, Orangey Besan Dhokla, Orange Lemon Glaze, Orangey Poha, Eggless Whole  Wheat Orange Carrot Dry Fruit Cake, Sunshine Smoothie, Kiwi Apple Orange Smoothie.

No Wastage