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Golden Milk, the yellow-hued creamy spiced beverage that is having a moment in the sun, has ancient origins in India and Ayurvedic medicine. The health benefits of its main ingredient, turmeric, range from anti-inflammatory to antioxidant.
But more importantly to us here at Oaktown, Golden Milk is delicious. The earthy, faintly spicy flavor of turmeric gains some balance when combined with sweet cinnamon and cardamom and spicy ginger and black pepper.
Making a batch of Golden Milk paste to store in the fridge makes it that much easier to quickly whip up a cup of Golden Milk whenever you want. Suspending the spices in coconut oil makes the brew smoother and leaves less sludge than simply stirring the spice blend into milk. (Although, make no mistake, there is still some sludge!)
Makes about 1/2 cup paste, enough for 10-20 servings of Golden Milk.
2 tablespoons Golden Milk blend 1/3 cup water1 tablespoon coconut oil2 teaspoons honey or sweetener, to taste
Combine spices and water in a saucepan and whisk to combine. Add coconut oil and bring to a simmer, then simmer for 3-4 minutes, whisking constantly. Let cool, then whisk in honey or sweetener of choice.
Store the paste in a clean jar. It will keep in the fridge for about 3 months.
For Golden Milk, gently heat a cup of milk of choice. Whisk in 1-2 teaspoons of paste.
August 07, 2019
Sorry to disagree about the virgin olive oil. That would add flavor to the paste that I think would compete with the nuance of all the spices. I would suggest any sort of healthy non-flavorful oil. Grapeseed does sound good to me. The honey is a preservative and I think it’s important to remember that.
Curious why Erika suggested Olive Oil. Maybe I’m missing something.
I will be serving Oaktown Spice Golden Milk at my Health & Hiking Poles Weekend Retreat at Point Reyes. It’s a healthy way to start the day!
I mix the paste with 2/3 water and 1/3 Calafia Farms Toasted Coconut Milk and it’s YUMMY.
March 22, 2019
Finally made the trip to Oaktown Spice in Albany. Such a great shop. Tried the Golden Milk this morning, probably breaking all sorts of rules, but I frothed it all together like a latte and it was lovely!
September 11, 2018
Hi Jo Ann,
Thanks for the kind words about our shop! I would suggest substituting virgin olive oil for the coconut oil. Enjoy!
July 23, 2018
Yesterday was my first time to walk in your shop. The lady was very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Aside from what I went in for, I found this Golden Milk blend. The cashier gave me a recipe card. I just noticed when I got home that it has coconut oil. Is there something else I can substitute for the coconut oil to make this paste? Olive oil, grape seed oil, butter? I hope you can help. I am looking forward to making this. Thank you.
April 25, 2018
I just picked up my golden spice yesterday and I’m so glad I did. I’m coming down with a cold and I tried it tonight and I just love it. I love all of your spices. Such a wonderful lovely place to stop by.
April 18, 2018
The black pepper in your spice mix is very important. It increases the bio-availability of the turmeric. Most turmeric capsules contain a small amount of black pepper.
Thanks for your comments. I’m glad you enjoyed the class and have been enjoying your Golden Milk! Certainly this is just one way to make this delicious brew! I have tried multiple methods of making Golden Milk paste and have found that it is always going to leave a little bit of grit or sludge at the bottom of my mug. Yes, our blend uses our Alleppey Turmeric, which has been tested at 5.5% curcumin, a very high level indeed.
Last comment: I am the regular Oaktown Spice Shop customer who encouraged (begged?) you to make and sell a Golden Milk Spice blend after taking your class. THANK YOU!!!!!
You also don’t mention that the class was using a very special turmeric that has been tested to be a certain level of curcumin which is the active anti-inflammatory that we want. I assume this blend is using that special turmeric and know that Oaktown Spice Shop sells high quality spices. Also the fact that other ingredients are included so that the curcumin can be assimilated by the body. That’s a very important reason to buy a blend, not just ingest turmeric.
So can we get the ingredients from Costco? Yes.
Do I want to? NO!
from Healthline.com/nutrition: "Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color.
It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb.
Recently, science has started to back up what the Indians have known for a long time… it really does contain compounds with medicinal properties
These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
However, the curcumin content of turmeric is not that high… it’s around 3%, by weight."
I realize that OSS does not want to make “health claims,” but you could share the type of turmeric and the tested percentage for those who are in any doubt about buying your quality Golden Milk Spice.
April 17, 2018
I’ve been making this paste since I took the class at Oaktown Spice shop.
The instructions are FLAWED. Doing it this way makes it gritty.
Heat the oil gently. Then add the spices and let them bloom. Then add hot water. We were taught to whisk for 10 minutes which I’ve been doing, but the quantities are much larger. I let sit for 5 minutes as we were instructed and mix with Manuka or my local honey. By mixing rather vigorously, it makes an emulsion and helps preserve the paste. I store in a sealed glass jar in the fridge.
My morning drink is 1/3 coconut almond milk, 2/3 water and 1-2 tsp of the paste. It’s enough milk to be creamy without all the calories. I believe that the first thing we put into our system in the morning should be healthy and I love this drink.
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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times to cook and spend time with loved ones. We all meet in the kitchen cooking up our favorite dishes. This recipe makes for a great side dish and will have your guests wanting more!