Friday, May 16, 2014

How to make turmeric bug (or ginger bug)

Turmeric Bug (or Ginger Bug)

turmeric bug
    A simple way to ferment turmeric. Ginger may be added or substituted if not using for your skin.



    1. Place freshly grated turmeric root, turmeric powder, or ginger root in bottom of wide mouth quart jar. Add sugar. (If using powdered turmeric, consider adding a bit of apple peel to encourage the fermentation process.)
    2. Add water and stir.
    3. Cover with cloth and rubber band. Place on shelf out of direct sunlight.
    4. After 24 hours add 1 Tablespoon grated turmeric, 1 Tablespoon powdered turmeric, OR 1 Tablespoon grated ginger. Add 1 Tablespoon sugar. Stir well. Replace cloth cover and leave on shelf.
    5. Every 24 hours add 1 Tablespoon turmeric or ginger, and 1 Tablespoon sugar until you see bubbles on the surface of the water. This generally takes several days.
    6. Strain and use in recipes or store in refrigerator.