Thursday, November 03, 2011

Decorating spice containers

Please enlighten me if you know, but I don't know the difference between "oriental curry powder" and "Indian curry powder." The first few times I bought curry powder, I bought a tiny little 3-ounce tin of "oriental curry powder." But then one day we found amazingly inexpensive bags of Indian spices in the international aisle at our local Cub Foods. Spices like curry powder, turmeric, ground ginger, cumin, and garam masala. All spices necessary to cook up some delicious Indian food. And in the midst of all those bulk spices, they were selling an entire BAG of what looked like the exact same orangey-colored curry powder for about half the cost of the teeny tin.

I checked online, and found the same thing:

The curry powder from ishopindian is only 28 cents per ounce, while Amazon (and grocery stores) sell "oriental curry powder" for almost $2 per ounce! What gives? I've tasted both and couldn't tell a difference.

Anyway, the point of this story is that we've had all these bags of Indian spices now for awhile. We still use them, but the bags are big and we don't cook Indian food every single day. So I was looking for a way to store the spices in more sturdy, airtight containers. And decided to use an empty peanut jar and an empty coffee can.

I decorated the tops the sides with a little Indian flair. And there you have it! Spices by the can - easier to dispense than pouring from a floppy bag, easier to store, and a lot cuter to look at :)

Edit 11/9/2011:
We emptied another coffee canister, so I was able to transfer my turmeric to it!

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