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Old 06-21-2022, 12:46 PM   #41
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There is no way I could survive with just 5 spices! Or just 5 herbs! At one time I had 21 fresh herbs in the garden, and that's not even including the dried ones. And an Indian friend of mine told me that she doesn't have any friends that have as many spices as I have, but I told her that's because I am always trying foods from all the areas, and they are making mostly the food from their own cuisine.

While sometimes a recipe will call for a dozen or so spices, and some of those might be common spices, like whole cloves, cumin, and other things used in many cuisines, to make it easy to measure these things out, I made some boxes of the spices I use in the Indian food, one of the spices I use the most, another that I keep larger jars of, another even larger jars of, like cumin and coriander. And one more box for spice mixes.
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I also have over 30 varieties of dried peppers, mostly for Mexican, but the Thai peppers I use the most, in many types of foods. Plus the two drawers of spices, for everyday foods - easier to look down on the jars, than to find them in a cupboard, plus, they wouldn't fit.
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Old 06-21-2022, 02:34 PM   #42
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Magic, Dave!
That´s more or less how I work. Loads of different spices, lots of cooking options.
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Old 06-21-2022, 02:38 PM   #43
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Same, in addition, I have a tub of spices I use primarily for pickling. I keep it in the basement, but now that the cukes are just about to be harvested, I bring the tub upstairs, and it never quite makes it tin the cupboard, as Im picking multiple times a week.
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Old 06-21-2022, 07:56 PM   #44
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Same, in addition, I have a tub of spices I use primarily for pickling. I keep it in the basement, but now that the cukes are just about to be harvested, I bring the tub upstairs, and it never quite makes it tin the cupboard, as Im picking multiple times a week.
Pickling spices are also great for making you own corned beef, and pastrami.

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Old 06-21-2022, 11:48 PM   #45
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Here's how I keep my other spices and herbs - in 2 drawers, where it is easier to look down on them, than up in cupboards, like I remember my Mom doing, and trying to find things! I keep a few large jars up in the cupboards, like caraway, and other things I use a lot in baking.
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Early on I started using the highlighters, so I could locate the different spices easier - orange for sweet spices, yellow for savory, and green for herbs. You can see I don't have many dried herbs!
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