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A Quick Trip to India

Take a trip to an Indian grocery store for spices. You will be amazed at the colors, scents and shapes of spices you have never seen before... or you have seen, but never whole. The spices are much cheaper, fresher, and often in bulk bins so you can avoid all the annoying packaging. Have the shop keeper recommend their favorite brands. Stock up on chutney, curry mixes, spices and great stainless steel tins to store them in. Then go home and replace all your old spices with new fresh ones. Yes, that turmeric in the back of your cupboard has the shelf life of about a year, after that it becomes tasteless, or worse, bitter. Throw it away my friend. By the way, Indian markets are the best place to find the tiered “tiffin” lunch boxes.

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