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1st world problem I know, but I go to season some food. Evenly sprinkled would do nicely, but I end up with a mountain range of tiny ant hill mounds of seasoning... almost like mini Devil's Towers. Think Dreyfuss in Close Encounters with the mashed potatoes. With yet more that completely misses the food item, this stuff ain't gettin' any cheaper and, in some cases harder and harder to find.

I like bold flavors and tend to overseason food anyways, so I don't need any help from the seasoning distributors in burning through their products.

Yeah, sometimes the pour holes get a little plugged up... but [Biden voice] c'mon man[/Biden voice], how 'bout shrinking those Chunnels down some to match the size of the seasoning grains. Think I saw a Euro train pass through a couple times. I just checked and can pass a 9mm cartridge completely through the openings on one bottle and part way through on a different one.

I just spent some time going through the spice selection and taping over several of the openings on some of the more regularly used ones.

According to Muad'Dib (Paul Atreides) "the spice must flow"...but how 'bout we slow it down just a tad.
 
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I just went through this a couple of days ago with Montreal Chicken seasoning.

I'm gradually learning to hold the bottle up, put it pretty much level and tap on it with a finger to just get a sprinkle.
 
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Save a couple of spice containers that have the smaller sprinkle holes and transfer what you have into them as they go empty.


 
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Humidity plugs them up. Don’t sprinkle over cooking food and you can probably avoid a lot of it. Or you can just poke the holes lol





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I wish I had that problem with my pepper shaker...Time to switch back to the grinder, though.



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I buy bags of spices in bulk from the Spice House and transfer into stainless shakers that I bought on Amazon. Works good.

Only problem I have is when a seasoning mix has different size spices in them. For instance, my Creole seasoning has stuff like garlic powder, salt, paprika, etc. But it also has herbs that are not as small. If I use my shaker I end up without herbs and they are all left in the jar at the end.

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Humidity plugs them up. Don’t sprinkle over cooking food and you can probably avoid a lot of it. Or you can just poke the holes lol


Humidity? What's that?

We got none here. Smile
 
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Humidity plugs them up. Don’t sprinkle over cooking food and you can probably avoid a lot of it. Or you can just poke the holes lol


Humidity? What's that?

We got none here. Smile


Yup. That’s why you got no nice trees. Lol

I’ve lived in a high desert before. Only plants making it are on north faces/slopes where they hide from that nuclear fire we call Sol.





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Pour the spices into your palm, then pinch some between your other finger and thumb to sprinkle over top of the dish. This gives you much greater control over spice application than dumping it directly out of the container (especially when dealing with overly large holes).
 
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Humidity plugs them up. Don’t sprinkle over cooking food and you can probably avoid a lot of it. Or you can just poke the holes lol


Humidity? What's that?

We got none here. Smile


Yup. That’s why you got no nice trees. Lol

I’ve lived in a high desert before. Only plants making it are on north faces/slopes where they hide from that nuclear fire we call Sol.


We got nice trees. Here's a picture of a few.
 
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Save a couple of spice containers that have the smaller sprinkle holes and transfer what you have into them as they go empty.


I usually save the empty ones just as a quick visual reminder of which ones to add to the shopping list then trash them after the re-buy but I'm going to pay more attention to which ones have the best sized pour holes and maybe save those for reuse.

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Humidity plugs them up. Don’t sprinkle over cooking food and you can probably avoid a lot of it. Or you can just poke the holes lol


Although I did mention the pour holes sometimes getting plugged up as a good reason for the large pour holes, my bitch was the flip side of that... the oversized holes are pouring out too much.

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I buy bags of spices in bulk from the Spice House and transfer into stainless shakers that I bought on Amazon. Works good...


Hmm, having always grabbed whatever seasonings off a store shelf that caught my fancy and were cheap, I never considered shopping bulk seasonings. I'm not much of a cook but I'll look into whether to invest in that option.

Thanks all for reading my gripe and your suggestions for solving it.
 
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Pour the spices into your palm, then pinch some between your other finger and thumb to sprinkle over top of the dish. This gives you much greater control over spice application than dumping it directly out of the container (especially when dealing with overly large holes).


The simplest ideas are the best. Of course, you're right.

I think the only reason I hadn't considered that simple fix is that, while I LOVE food, I frequently fast and when I do get around to eating I want something quick and tasty, and hopefully with a little nutritional value.. but my objective is to get in and out of the kitchen as fast as possible, to move on to other activities/ chores, getting back to reading or watching stuff. So grabbing a bottle and shaking seems fastest, but I'm going to re-train myself to try your suggestion. Bet it doesn't take any longer and I'll probably save a few pesos.

Thanks!
 
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Give the bottle a shake BEFORE you open the top and then shake it into your palm . Dispense as needed .
 
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That is indeed an unfortunate incident. Melange has reached confiscatory rates!

I have been using blue (pick your color) masking tape to cover up most of the holes in the tops of those pesky delivery devices. YMMV, but I can pull it off for a full blast, and the tape goes right back on and seems to last forever if I wipe off the top first. It's a money-saver too.

Happy shaking!
 
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*pushes glasses up nose* um, akshully, it was the spacing guild that said the spice mush flow. Muad’dib tried to stop all spice production and export to get the emperors attention. He did NOT want the spice to flow! Wait…this ain’t the Lair! Oops!

Anyway, my wife tends to combat this by pouring the spices into the palm of her hand and then takes a pinch at a time to sprinkle over the food. She doesn’t trust the built-in caps with holes.

- Bret
 
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That is indeed an unfortunate incident. Melange has reached confiscatory rates!

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I have been using blue (pick your color) masking tape to cover up most of the holes in the tops of those pesky delivery devices. YMMV, but I can pull it off for a full blast, and the tape goes right back on and seems to last forever if I wipe off the top first. It's a money-saver too.

Happy shaking!


Great tip, as the cellophane tape I'm currently using leaves something to be desired.


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*pushes glasses up nose* um, akshully, it was the spacing guild that said the spice mush flow. Muad’dib tried to stop all spice production and export to get the emperors attention. He did NOT want the spice to flow! Wait…this ain’t the Lair! Oops!

Anyway, my wife tends to combat this by pouring the spices into the palm of her hand and then takes a pinch at a time to sprinkle over the food. She doesn’t trust the built-in caps with holes.

- Bret


Ha! I KNEW an SF member would eventually come along and check me. You sir, are of course correct...and you get a gold star and



I took a little bit of poetic license with my unimportant rant, thinking that more members would recognize Muad'Dib (Paul Atreides) name, rather than referencing "the Spacing Guild" or the Space Navigator.

If I'm not mistaken, in the novel Dune (which I have not read), Paul Atreides did say:

Paul turned back to look at the Emperor, said: “When they permitted you to mount your father’s throne, it was only on the assurance that you’d keep the spice flowing. You’ve failed them, Majesty. Do you know the consequences?”

I could be mistaken but I have the vaguest recollection that the Bene Jesuit mother also quoted this line in the movie.
 
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