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Re: Does asoefatida smell bad?

In my experience, yes it does smell pretty bad, but I keep it in a glass
spice jar so I haven't had the problems you've mentioned.  And you may have
just gotten a really good (meaning fresh and strong) batch.  I've liked it
in the recipes I've used it in.

Susan Voisin  voisin@xxxxxxxxx

-----Original Message-----
From: andy&shell <andy.shell@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: Fatfree <fatfree@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 1999 3:43 AM
Subject: Does asoefatida smell bad?

> Hi,  I bought an Indian spice called asoefatida, when it arrived it
>smelled so awful, I can say without fear that it was the most repugnant
>smell my DH and I have ever smelled in our lives.  I wrapped it in 3
>carrier bags and pushed it to the back of the cupboard under the stairs,
>but the smell crept out and made us feel ill every time we went into the
>kitchen.  I had to throw it away and it took me ages to get rid of the
>smell from anything the bag had touched.  I could never eat anything with
>that in.  I have never heard of this spice before then and was wondering
>it is really meant to smell like that?  I can't believe anyone would eat
>the stuff I had.  Is it possible that it was off or bad or something?  I
>have seen recipes using it since but can't pluck up the courage to buy
>more.  Greatful for any info.
>Love Shell.