I spent $93.00 at the grocery store Saturday. Argh. That’s considering, though, that I didn’t even go to the store last weekend. And, a lot of that cost was spices.
The most expensive ones were coriander and curry paste at $4.00 each. I also got cumin, paprika, turmeric, cayenne
pepper, white pepper, curry powder, fish sauce, and coconut milk. I’ve discovered a love for curry, and I’m going to learn how to make it.
I got the Publix brands where I could, but they don’t have the more exotic ones like coriander and cayenne pepper (not that those are extremely exotic – I guess they’re just not used as commonly). I had to upgrade to McCormick for all the others, except for the coriander and cayenne, for which I had to buy Spice Islands brand – the most expensive of all. There was a whole selection of organic McCormick spices, but those suckers are REALLY expensive. I didn’t get any of those.
Fortunately, most recipes call for very small amounts of these things. Otherwise I couldn’t afford to make curry at home.
None of the bottles say where the spices are from (although the curry paste, coconut milk and fish sauce are all from Thailand). I guess we don’t grow many spices here, so they all have to be imported. And they’re probably time-consuming to harvest, which is why they cost so much.
I am going to use these very sparingly.