How to Select Turmeric
- Select turmeric roots that are firm with a tough brown skin.
- Avoid turmeric that is wrinkly, has soft spots, or shows signs of mold.
- Turmeric is most often sold by the pound. It is okay to break off what you need from a larger hand, or set of roots. Fresh turmeric will snap apart easily.
How to Store Turmeric
How To Store Fresh Turmeric: Store fresh turmeric unpeeled. Wash to remove dirt, pat dry, and place it in an airtight container or plastic bag with the air removed. Store in the crisper drawer in the refrigerator for up to two months. Throw away if you see signs of mold.
How To Freeze Turmeric: Wash the turmeric using a brush to remove dirt, then pat dry. Place unpeeled hands or knobs of tumeric in an airtight container or freezer bag. Cut into smaller, more manageable pieces if so desired. Store in the freezer for up to six months. There is no need to thaw frozen turmeric before grating, slicing, or mincing it.