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May 19, 2009: Subtract a Little Spice from Your Life!

In retirement, people often find time to do the things they never bothered with when busier. On Friday afternoon for example, my husband Mark was concocting a marinade for steaks we planned to grill later when he ran across TWO bottles of cayenne on the spice shelf, one that looked new, and another quaintly packaged.

"I think I moved this box of crab boil spices up from Texas when we got married," he observed. "And it might have old then," I called back from my sewing room, "nine years ago!" Soon Mark was operating at full throttle, unloading the cupboard onto the kitchen countertop, opening jars, sniffing, sneezing, and coughing.

Despite task resistance, I soon came aboard. I filled the sink with sudsy water and retrieved empty plastic, glass, and metal containers from the trash barrel as Mark tossed them in, emptying the dry, compacted contents, coughing along with him, and washing everything up.

McCormick's new jars have black, snap-up lids. The green-lidded ones are the oldies. Anything Schilling in a little oblong, metal tin is toast, but the Watkins 100% organic ground cinnamon, with text in French as well, that's new, nostalgia packaging. If there's no Web site address, toss it for sure.

 

Today's Fortune Cookie Fortune:
Wine bottles in your recycling bin will be outnumbered this week.

 

Posted on Sunday, May 17, 2009 by Registered CommenterMarianne Fons | Comments2 Comments | References12 References

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Reader Comments (2)

Oh, Momma! I am SO happy you guys got rid of all those old spices! Whenever I've been home and emarking on a baking endeavor, I can't bring myself to use old spices. Though I'm sure Cardamom from 2004 is just as good as Cardamom from 2009, something about those little dusty tins made me feel like I was doing my recipe a disservice.

May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Hmmm...I have a spice drawer that I'm sure is holding some antiquated stock! Perhaps I'll follow suit this weekend. Have a great day, Marianne! :o)

May 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

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