Category Archives: Fresh Herbs

Turmeric Tea

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Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of hype regarding turmeric and how good it is for you. At Whole Foods I found fresh turmeric rhizomes and so decided to grate some and use them in some tea. Here’s a recipe I found and tried it today. It was pretty good. The nice thing is that you make a little batch of the ingredients and save it in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to use it, just add some boiling water to a teaspoon of this.

Ingredients:

3 inches of fresh turmeric root, peeled and grated (I use a microplane)

2 inches of fresh ginger root, peeled and grated

1/4 t. cinnamon

1/4 c. honey

Dash of pepper

Juice of 1/2 lemon.

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients and place in a sealed jar. Shake the jar to mix up all the ingredients. Store this in the refrigerator and when ready to use, take out 1 t. and add to a cup of boiling water. If you don’t like the grit, you can strain it after it has steeped for a few minutes.

I found this recipe in Jennie’s Kitchen blog – you should check it out for lots of other great recipes.

Fresh Ginger at the Ready

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I’m all about making my life more convenient, but I don’t want to compromise freshness. I abhor processed foods and try my best to stay away from them. I try to make farm to table my way of eating. So when I realized that the jarred ginger I was using from Christopher Ranch had other ingredients in it, I decided to make my own.

Ingredients:

Fresh ginger

Water

Directions:

Choose fresh ginger knobs that aren’t too knarly and are weighty.

Cut off the little knobs and peel the stalks with a vegetable peeler.

Cut up the ginger into small pieces.

Place them in a cuisinart to roughly chop them.

Add water a little at a time and blend each time in the cuisinart.

When it is at a consistency that you like, stop. Drain as much of the water as you can and squeeze dry with your hands.

Make little balls and place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

Freeze and place them into a ziploc bag.