Turmeric, a significant spice in Indian cooking is always kept near at hand in the kitchen. It is a spice used in nearly all Indian dishes.
Meghalaya, one of the Northeastern states of India, is known for producing one of the best turmeric in the world — Lakadong turmeric.
It grows in Jaintia Hills District, an area which we fondly called Lakadong Country.
Like many other spices, Lakadong turmeric too needs to be stored well to retain its flavour and quality.
Just because we use this golden spice every day, this does not mean you place them next to your stove.
Before we tell you the tricks on how to store turmeric powder for long time, let us tell you about what we, at Zizira, do.
We at Zizira procure a turmeric variety called Lakadong turmeric which is a speciality of Meghalaya and has very high curcumin content. We source them directly from a network of farmers we work with. And we process it under our supervision. So, we can guarantee the quality and authenticity of the Lakadong turmeric powder we sell.
Now let's look at ways on how to store turmeric powder for long time.
Easy Spice Storage Method
Warm places are the worst places to store your spices because they can quickly lose their flavour and strength. Its quality also gets reduced if stored in a freezer and places with high moisture content.
An easy spice storage method for preserving Lakadong turmeric is to store them in a dry and dark place ideally a wall rack or a closed closet which does not receive direct sunlight. This way, the turmeric will be able to retain its freshness for a long time.
Follow These Simple Spice Storage Steps to Store Lakadong Turmeric for Long Time:
Store the turmeric in airtight containers and remember to close the lid of the container tightly as soon as you finish using it.
Coloured bottles are a better option to store the turmeric as light does not enter coloured bottles. If you are using clear bottles, remember to store them in closed cabinets or wall racks which do not receive direct sunlight.
Store it away from stoves, ovens, windows and do not keep it on the top of a refrigerator because the heat emitted from them causes the spice to lose its strength.
Before storing the spice in airtight containers, make sure the turmeric, as well as the bottle, is thoroughly dried because the presence of moisture will cause the turmeric powder to develop moulds.
Since turmeric is a ground spice and its shelf life is shorter compared to whole spices, it is advisable to use it within twelve months from the date of storing.
Avoid storing in plastic containers for a long time as this may absorb the smell of the plastic which is not very healthy.
Giving it a monthly check up – To check the freshness of turmeric, bring the stored container up to your nose and feel the pleasant odour of turmeric greeting you. The strong fragrant smell will indicate the freshness of turmeric whereas a weak smell will indicate a loss in pungency and strength.
Throwing old spices out – Even though proper storage helps maintain freshness and flavour, it is important to know when to throw them out because turmeric, being a ground spice is very susceptible to deterioration, especially if not stored well.
Using dry spoons - Use a dry spoon to take out measured quantities of the turmeric because a wet spoon can cause the moisture to reduce the flavour and the taste of the turmeric.
Turmeric is best when fresh, so follow these simple spice storage steps to get the best out of it.
Remember that it is very important to store turmeric properly because it’s magic lies in its freshness and flavour.
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