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Published on December 30th, 2017 | by Andrea Bertoli

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How to Make Turmeric Milk with Fresh Turmeric

Turmeric is so hot right now: turmeric is slated to continue as a big food trend in 2018, even though it was also considered a big trend for 2017. Are you as excited as I am about turmeric milk (golden milk) becoming the next big thing?

how to make turmeric milk with fresh turmeric

Delicious golden milk, happy plants, crystals and books: totally my happy place

Lucky for me, I live in Hawaii where turmeric grows easily all year long, so I have an abundance of this funky but functional plant available. And lucky for you, since this food is such a big trend, it should be showing up in your natural food stores around the country (hint: it’s usually by the ginger). You can make turmeric milk from either fresh or dried herbs, and if you can find the fresh, I highly recommend it.

Below I will detail how to make turmeric milk using fresh turmeric and fresh ginger, and share my favorite option for making turmeric milk from dried herbs.

What is Turmeric Milk? What is Golden Milk?

how to make turmeric milk with fresh turmeric

Golden milk in process in the golden afternoon light

Turmeric milk is a recipe that comes to us from India, where it has been used as a natural remedy for centuries. It’s delicious during the day, but can also be enjoyed before bedtime for a soothing nighttime ritual.

Turmeric milk takes turmeric, which is slightly bitter, into the realm of sweet treats. This golden yellow, mellow, yummy drink is made from just a few ingredients: plant-milk of choice, turmeric, ginger, a few other spices, and a hint of sweetener to make it delicious.

What are the Health Benefits of Turmeric?

how to make turmeric milk with fresh turmericLike me, you’ve probably enjoyed both fresh and dried turmeric in lentils or curry recipes.

But, there are lots of reasons to bring more turmeric into your life. As I detailed in my article ‘How Turmeric Benefits the Body,” turmeric has long been valued for its medicinal qualities in Hawaiian, Chinese, and Indian medical practices.

Some of the health benefits of turmeric include:

  • The chief constituent of turmeric is a polyphenol called curcumin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory that rivals traditional pharmaceuticals.
  • Turmeric is also a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, as it can help prevent joint inflammation.
  • Turmeric has been shown to be beneficial for treating cancer, working by reducing inflammation in the body; inflammation appears to play in cancer and is under further study.
  • Turmeric has (preliminarily) been shown to be helpful for digestive disorders in medical settings, but has been used for centuries for ailments like indigestion, gas, and/or poor digestion.
  • Turmeric is also a potent antioxidant

But the best part about turmeric milk is that it brings together a few other ingredients (black pepper and healthy fats) that make the powerful benefits of turmeric more bioavailable. Sarah B. of My New Roots explains why black pepper is so important to this recipe: “A compound in black pepper called piperine actually helps the body absorb curcumin, and shows to increase the bioavailability of it by up to 2,000 percent.”

Another important component of golden milk is healthy fats, which you get with coconut milk. Sarah says that with healthy fats included in the drink, the “curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system.”

Now we know why we should eat turmeric, you can get started with making your own golden milk with fresh turmeric and ginger.

Making Turmeric Milk with Fresh Turmeric

Turmeric is so hot right now: turmeric is slated to continue as a big food trend in 2018, even though it was also considered a big trend for 2017. Are you as excited as I am about turmeric milk (golden milk) becoming such a big trend? Delicious golden milk, happy plants, crystals and books: totally my happy place Lucky for me, I live in Hawaii where turmeric grows easily all year long, so I have an abundance of this funky but functional plant available. And lucky for you, since this food is such a big trend, it should be showing up in your natural food stores around the country (hint: it's usually by the ginger). You can make turmeric milk from either fresh or dried herbs, and if you can find the fresh, I highly recommend it. Below I will detail how to make turmeric milk using fresh turmeric and fresh ginger, and share my favorite option for making turmeric milk from dried herbs. What is Turmeric Milk? What is Golden Milk? Golden milk in process in the golden afternoon light Turmeric milk is a recipe that comes to us from India, where it has been used as a natural remedy for centuries. It's delicious during the day, but can also be enjoyed before bedtime for a soothing nighttime ritual. Turmeric milk takes turmeric, which is slightly bitter, into the realm of soothing sweetness. This golden yellow, soothing, yummy drink is made from just a few ingredients: plant-milk of choice, turmeric, ginger, a few other spices, and a hint of sweetener to make it yummy. What are the Health Benefits of Turmeric? Like me, you've probably enjoyed both fresh and dried turmeric in lentils or curry recipes. But, there are lots of reasons to bring more turmeric into your life. As I detailed in my article 'How Turmeric Benefits the Body," turmeric has long been valued for its medicinal qualities in Hawaiian, Chinese, and Indian medical practices. Some of the health benefits of turmeric include: The chief constituent of turmeric is a polyphenol called curcumin, which is a potent anti-inflammatory that rivals traditional pharmaceuticals. Turmeric is also a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, as it can help prevent joint inflammation. Turmeric has been shown to be beneficial for treating cancer, working by reducing inflammation in the body; inflammation appears to play in cancer and is under further study. Turmeric has (preliminarily) been shown to be helpful for digestive disorders in medical settings, but has been used for centuries for ailments like indigestion, gas, and/or poor digestion. Turmeric is also a potent antioxidant But the best part about turmeric milk is that it contains a few other ingredients (black pepper and healthy fats) to make the powerful benefits more bioavailable. Sarah B. of My New Roots explains why black pepper is so important to this recipe: "A compound in black pepper called piperine actually helps the body absorb curcumin, and shows to increase the bioavailability of it by up to 2,000 percent." Another important component of golden milk is healthy fats, which you get with coconut milk. Sarah says that with healthy fats included in the drink, the "curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system." Now we know why we should eat turmeric, you can get started with making your own golden milk with fresh turmeric and ginger. Making Turmeric Milk with Fresh Turmeric   I have two recipes below: one for a single serving of turmeric milk using fresh grated herbs, and a second using fresh turmeric and ginger juice from your juicer. For either recipe, you'll just need a few items: Fresh turmeric Fresh ginger Cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper Plant-based milk of choice (my favorite is So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla) Maple syrup, agave, coconut sugar, or honey But if you don't have fresh ginger and turmeric available, you can follow Sarah B.'s recipe for big batch golden milk using dried herbs. Go stock up in the bulk food section at your natural food store and have golden milk available at your fingertips anytime you want. And it's important to note: in both dried and fresh form, this potent herb stains clothes, countertops, cutting boards, stainless steel, and your hands, so be mindful of spills and splashes. Single-Serving Turmeric Milk with Fresh Turmeric Root 2-inch knob of fresh turmeric 2-inch knob of fresh ginger 8 ounces plant milk 1/8 teaspoon each ground cardamom and cinnamon (or one cinnamon stick) pinch black pepper 2-4 Tablespoons coconut cream or plant-based creamer (optional, but delicious)(I like Better Half by Califia or canned coconut milk) 1/2 -1 teaspoon sweetener of choice (maple, honey, agave, coconut sugar) Grate the turmeric and ginger finely using a microplane grater. Loosely measure about 2 Tablespoons of turmeric and up to 2 Tablespoons ginger (use less if you don't like it very spicy). Add grated roots into a small saucepan. To the saucepan, add milk, spices, and coconut cream if using. Stir to combine, and warm over low heat until desired temperature (be careful not to boil). Strain into a mug, stir in sweetener of choice. Sip, savor, and enjoy! Makes one serving of golden awesomeness Grate the ginger and turmeric using a microplane grater Simmer the roots, spices, in milk until warmed, about 5-8 minutes on medium low heat. Strain out the herbs and cinnamon stick (if using). How to Make Turmeric Milk with Fresh Turmeric Juice This is a fun way to batch prepare fresh golden milk using a juicer. I have an Omega masticating juicer, which is perfect for these types of semi-hard roots. A centrifugal juice would work too. Alternatively, I think you'd have good success with a high speed blender. Whiz it all together, then strain out any solids. If you try this method let me know! I chop of a large amount (about 6 cups turmeric and 3 cups ginger, see picture below) and juice it all at once. I then store the magical orange tonic in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. There is often some sediment at the bottom, so be sure to stir before using. Once the juice is made, follow the recipe below. The total amount of servings will depend on how strong you like your juice; I also like to use this mixture in tahini dressings, in marinades, mixed into lemonade, and stirred into other juice like orange juice. 8 ounces plant milk 2 Tablespoons fresh turmeric/ginger juice mix 1/8 teaspoon each ground cardamom and cinnamon pinch black pepper 2-4 Tablespoons coconut cream or plant-based creamer (optional, but delicious)(I like Better Half by Califia or canned coconut milk) 1/2 -1 teaspoon sweetener of choice (maple, honey, agave, coconut sugar) To serve warm, add all ingredients together in a small saucepan. Warm to desired temperature, then enjoy. To serve cold, simply shake or stir all ingredients together in a glass, add ice, and enjoy. Makes one serving of golden awesomeness

I have two recipes below: one for a single serving of turmeric milk using fresh grated herbs, and a second using fresh turmeric and ginger juice from your juicer. For either recipe, you’ll just need a few items:

  • Fresh turmeric
  • Fresh ginger
  • Cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper
  • Plant-based milk of choice (my favorite is So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla)
  • Maple syrup, agave, coconut sugar, or honey

But if you don’t have fresh ginger and turmeric available, you can follow Sarah B.’s recipe for big batch golden milk using dried herbs. Go stock up in the bulk food section at your natural food store and have golden milk available at your fingertips anytime you want.

And it’s important to note: in both dried and fresh form, this potent herb stains clothes, countertops, cutting boards, stainless steel, and your hands, so be mindful of spills and splashes.

Single-Serving Turmeric Milk with Fresh Turmeric Root

2-inch knob of fresh turmeric
2-inch knob of fresh ginger
8 ounces plant milk
1/8 teaspoon each ground cardamom and cinnamon (or one cinnamon stick)
pinch black pepper
2-4 Tablespoons coconut cream or plant-based creamer (optional, but delicious)(I like Better Half by Califia or canned coconut milk)
1/2 -1 teaspoon sweetener of choice (maple, honey, agave, coconut sugar)

  1. Grate the turmeric and ginger finely using a microplane grater. Loosely measure about 2 Tablespoons of turmeric and up to 2 Tablespoons ginger (use less if you don’t like it very spicy). Add grated roots into a small saucepan.
  2. To the saucepan, add milk, spices, and coconut cream if using. Stir to combine, and warm over low heat until desired temperature (be careful not to boil).
  3. Strain into a mug, stir in sweetener of choice. Sip, savor, and enjoy!

Makes one serving of golden awesomeness

how to make turmeric milk with fresh turmeric

Grate the ginger and turmeric using a microplane grater

how to make turmeric milk with fresh turmeric

Simmer the roots, spices, in milk until warmed, about 5-8 minutes on medium low heat.

how to make turmeric milk with fresh turmeric

Strain out the herbs and cinnamon stick (if using).


How to Make Turmeric Milk with Fresh Turmeric Juice

This is a fun way to batch prepare fresh golden milk using a juicer. I have an Omega masticating juicer, which is perfect for these types of semi-hard roots. A centrifugal juicer would work too. Alternatively, I think you’d have good success with a high speed blender. Whiz it all together, then strain out any solids. If you try this method let me know!

Makes one serving of golden awesomeness

Usually I don’t measure, but I did for this blog post!

I chop up a large amount in a 2:1 ratio of turmeric to ginger. In a big batch yesterday, I used about 6 cups roughly chopped turmeric and 3 cups chopped ginger like in the picture above, and juiced it all at once. This yielded a 16-ounce jar + about 3 ounces more to share with a friend.

Once made, I store the magical orange tonic in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks (yes, it will stain the jar and the lid and the juicer). There is often some sediment at the bottom, so be sure to stir the juice gently before using. Once the juice is made, follow the recipe below. The total amount of servings will depend on how strong you like your turmeric milk. I also like to use this mixture in tahini dressings, in curries, in marinades, or stirred into other juice like orange juice or lemonade.

how to make turmeric milk with fresh turmeric

I had a hard time with this pic! It’s too magical of an elixir to capture!

8 ounces plant milk
2 Tablespoons fresh turmeric/ginger juice mix
1/8 teaspoon each ground cardamom and cinnamon
pinch black pepper
2-4 Tablespoons coconut cream or plant-based creamer (optional, but delicious)(I like Better Half by Califia or canned coconut milk)
1/2 -1 teaspoon sweetener of choice (maple, honey, agave, coconut sugar)

  1. To serve warm, add all ingredients together in a small saucepan. Warm to desired temperature, then enjoy.
  2. To serve cold, simply shake or stir all ingredients together in a glass, add ice, and enjoy.

Makes one serving of golden awesomeness

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  • This looks like a wonderful. I love turmeric for inflammation so I’ll make this for my mom who has arthritis!

    • hi Mary Ellen, I hope you and your mom love it! I drink it at least once/day now. :)

  • Amy Katz

    I’m going to share this recipe with my friend. He’s a cancer survivor and drinks golden milk every morning.

  • spabettie

    I LOVE using fresh turmeric! I have both, but the fresh is always so good. I also like to add fresh ginger when I have it – trying your recipe tomorrow! (already made mine today!) :)

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