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    Sackville
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 5:57 am
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    If you would like to trade spices with your fellow Zaarites, here's the place to sign up.

    In order to save confusion with new difficult import rules to the USA (see long discussion below) US people will only be paired with fellow Americans. I will mix international partners up, so a Canadian may swap with someone from France, for example.

    To take part, email me at cookbookswap@myway.com with your:

    1. Zaar name
    2. Preferred Email
    3. Where you're from (don't need the whole address but just the general area), so I can match you with someone who's not nearby
    4. Any place you DON'T want to swap with (If you don't say anything, I will assume you are willing to swap anywhere. Postage should be cheap for a few spices).
    5. Any previous swap partners (so I can give you a new one)

    I will match up people and then we will swap 1-2 spices with our partners that they might not be able to get in their area. The idea is to keep it to only a couple spices, to keep the cost down both for buying the spices and shipping.

    For example, in England I can get Green cardamom pods very easily and cheaply but I've noticed how expensive they are in the USA!! I can also get most Indian, Chinese and Turkish spices and of course some British seasonings.

    But there are some hot sauces I would love to get my hands on and some other seasonings I've heard of on Zaar. Chia sent me some Cajun spices the other day, which I likely wouldn't have found here.

    Sign up by August 16. I'll be on holiday for a while but will arrange partners when I get back, hopefully by August 22. Packages to be shipped about 3 weeks later at the latest, by September 14.

    I have heard from:

    Uncle Bill
    Kasha
    debbillem
    Canarygirl
    KimD
    PaulaG
    sarahcw80
    RitaL
    LuluB
    AnnieH
    ChrissyO


    Last edited by Sackville on Tue Aug 17, 2004 6:10 am, edited 8 times in total
    TOOLBELT DIVA
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 6:39 am
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    Sackville Girl wrote:
    If you would like to trade spices with your fellow Zaarites, here's the place to sign up.

    Email me at cookbookswap@myway.com with your:

    1. Zaar name
    2. Preferred Email
    3. Any place you DON'T want to swap with (If you don't say anything, I will assume you are willing to swap internationally. Postage should be cheap for a few spices).
    4. Any previous swap partners (so I can give you a new one)

    I will match up people and then we will swap 1-2 spices with our partners that they might not be able to get in their area. The idea is to keep it to only a couple spices, to keep the cost down both for buying the spices and shipping.

    For example, in England I can get Green cardamom pods very easily and cheaply but I've noticed how expensive they are in the USA!! I can also get most Indian, Chinese and Turkish spices and of course some British seasonings.

    But there are some hot sauces I would love to get my hands on and some other seasonings I've heard of on Zaar. Chia sent me some Cajun spices the other day, which I likely wouldn't have found here.

    Sign up by August 16. I'll be on holiday for a while but will arrange partners when I get back, hopefully by August 22. Packages to be shipped about 3 weeks later at the latest, by September 14.


    This sounds really interesting; but are you aware that effective August 11 all parcels containing food items will be rejected by US Customs? My post office advised me of this during the Candy Swap. Candy is considered food, as are cooking sauces and seasonings...... Of course one may get permission to ship food products into the USA, by making application (forms available through the post office, I would assume), for an "export permit".
    Damn shame, because it will curtail our fun-swaps.... No more candy, or cookies, or even other packaged foods that people customarily sent in the food swaps, including spices and seasonings without US Customs permission..... ( icon_cry.gif icon_cry.gif Waahh)

    Rest assured, the Canadian Customs will probably impose the same regulation on packages coming from the US into Canada.... These two departments are always sticking their tongues out at each other.....
    Sackville
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 6:51 am
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    Oh, I'd forgotten about that darn thing. Maybe we should forget about it then because I have looked at that form a million times and unless they make it a whole lot easier then there's no way anyone could figure it out. Either that or I promise to just keep USA people matched with USA people and Internationals matched with Internationals.
    TOOLBELT DIVA
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:14 am
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    Sackville Girl wrote:
    Oh, I'd forgotten about that darn thing. Maybe we should forget about it then because I have looked at that form a million times and unless they make it a whole lot easier then there's no way anyone could figure it out. Either that or I promise to just keep USA people matched with USA people and Internationals matched with Internationals.


    And Canadians with Canadians???? Canada and International is still OK..... I know someone who is just chaffing at the bit to get into your spice swap.... If you would revamp the criteria as you suggest, why not go ahead and do it. It is a good swap idea; I thought of it a little while ago, and then remembered the US regulation on food items going into the USA...
    AuntWoofieWoof
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:20 am
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    Sackville Girl wrote:
    Oh, I'd forgotten about that darn thing. Maybe we should forget about it then because I have looked at that form a million times and unless they make it a whole lot easier then there's no way anyone could figure it out. Either that or I promise to just keep USA people matched with USA people and Internationals matched with Internationals.

    SG,
    I would love to swap with you real soon......before the 11th if you have time. I might be able swap some hot sauces or spices for some green cardomom pods. I have wanted to try those but have not been able to find them. You can either reply to me here in this thread or email me and let me know what spices you are unable to get and I can let you know if I can get them here. There are a few stores here that carry a LOT of bulk spices at really good prices. You can email me at my saar name.at comcast.net.

    Thanks!!!
    Sackville
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:22 am
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    Auntie, email me pronto with your address and I'll get some cardamom pods in the mail to you tomorrow -- hopefully before the deadline! They don't cost me much at all so I don't mind sending you a package as a treat.
    Sackville
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:24 am
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    ITS ME TOOLBELT wrote:
    And Canadians with Canadians???? Canada and International is still OK..... I know someone who is just chaffing at the bit to get into your spice swap.... If you would revamp the criteria as you suggest, why not go ahead and do it. It is a good swap idea; I thought of it a little while ago, and then remembered the US regulation on food items going into the USA...


    Exactly... Americans would only be matched with Americans but everyone else would be switched around.

    I take it someone has double checked and this lovely new piece of legislation definitely applies to gifts sent by individuals? I understand it for big importers and businesses but it is ridiculous, IMHO, for the average person sending a little treat.
    Sue Lau
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:31 am
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    There's got to be a way around this import rule.
    Does the rule apply to spices only leaving the USA?
    I could send you something you need, SG, and perhaps you could send me something non-food in return?
    I can find most spices I need anyway, and in that same way would be glad to help someone find what they need. icon_smile.gif
    AuntWoofieWoof
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:42 am
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    Sackville Girl wrote:
    Auntie, email me pronto with your address and I'll get some cardamom pods in the mail to you tomorrow -- hopefully before the deadline! They don't cost me much at all so I don't mind sending you a package as a treat.

    Thanks SG!! I really appreciate that!! Email has been sent I have smelled (smelt??) the Cardamom Powder and it smells really good but it is a little bit over $16.00 a pound here!! That is way too much money for me.

    Also would you also send instructions on how to use it if there is any special way to use it such as grating it???

    Thanks!! Hugs!!
    Sackville
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:45 am
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    Sue L wrote:
    There's got to be a way around this import rule.
    Does the rule apply to spices only leaving the USA?
    I could send you something you need, SG, and perhaps you could send me something non-food in return?
    I can find most spices I need anyway, and in that same way would be glad to help someone find what they need. icon_smile.gif


    It applies to food entering the USA.

    The joyous details are here: http://www.FDA.gov/oc/bioterrorism/bioact.html

    Particularly relevant to us are these sections from the site's Q&A area:

    8.1 Does prior notice apply to food sent as gifts from family living outside the U.S.?

    No. If the food was made by an individual in his/her personal residence and sent by that individual as a personal gift (i.e., for non-business reasons) to an individual in the United States, prior notice is not required (21 CFR 1.277(b)(2)). Other food products sent as gifts are subject to the prior notice requirement (21 CFR 1.277). FDA recognizes that in these circumstances, the sender who purchased the food as a gift may not have the manufacturer/producer registration number. Thus, the sender can provide the name and address of the firm that appears on the label instead of the registration number of the manufacturer (21 CFR 1.281(a)(6)).

    8.2 Does prior notice apply to food in its natural state, grown by an individual, and sent to an individual in the U.S. as a gift?

    No. Homegrown food sent by one individual to another as a gift is not subject to prior notice.

    8.3 Is prior notice required if an individual purchases a food product, made by a third party, and sends it to an individual in the U.S. as a gift?

    Yes. Other food products sent as gifts are subject to the prior notice requirement (21 CFR 1.277). FDA recognizes that in these circumstances, the sender who purchased the food as a gift may not have the manufacturer/producer registration number. Thus, the sender can provide the name and address of the firm that appears on the label instead of the registration number of the manufacturer (21 CFR 1.281(a)(6)). "

    The bit that confuses me is that in another part of the site it says (on this page -- http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/fsbtac12.html):

    "What types of facilities do not have to register?

    Private residences of individuals, even though food may be manufactured/processed, packed, or held there."

    That kind of suggests we don't have to register. Could anyone call the helpline and find out for sure? 1-800-216-7331
    AuntWoofieWoof
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 8:00 am
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    Sue L wrote:
    There's got to be a way around this import rule.
    Does the rule apply to spices only leaving the USA?
    I could send you something you need, SG, and perhaps you could send me something non-food in return?
    I can find most spices I need anyway, and in that same way would be glad to help someone find what they need. icon_smile.gif

    Same with me Sue as far as getting spices I need. With having 3 stores that I go to that sell spices in bulk, there is a wide variety of spices I am able to get.

    I went to one store on Sunday (Winco Foods) that has a HUGE section of Bulk Foods. And their prices were great!!! I got some Italian Seasoning at $4.26 a pound. I got a small bag (0.16 pound) for 68 cents!!! That is a lot cheaper than a bottle that has a lot less in it!! It smells good too. icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif

    On the other hand, I got some bulk BBQ seasoning which is VERY salty!! I should have tasted it before I got it. I don't want to throw it out but I can't taste much else than salt. Does anyone know what I can add to it to make it less salty?
    AuntWoofieWoof
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 8:11 am
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    Ya know, it's sad that they have to regulate things like that. Just a few days ago there was a report on the news that they found jars of baby food with poison in them. Here is the article that tells about it. http://www.tribnet.com/news/crime_safety/story/5354763p-5293174c.html

    I mean you can't even get baby food now without taking a chance of it having poison in it?????

    Sad huh???
    TOOLBELT DIVA
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 8:19 am
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    AuntWoofieWoof wrote:
    Sue L wrote:
    There's got to be a way around this import rule.
    Does the rule apply to spices only leaving the USA?
    I could send you something you need, SG, and perhaps you could send me something non-food in return?
    I can find most spices I need anyway, and in that same way would be glad to help someone find what they need. icon_smile.gif

    Same with me Sue as far as getting spices I need. With having 3 stores that I go to that sell spices in bulk, there is a wide variety of spices I am able to get.

    I went to one store on Sunday (Winco Foods) that has a HUGE section of Bulk Foods. And their prices were great!!! I got some Italian Seasoning at $4.26 a pound. I got a small bag (0.16 pound) for 68 cents!!! That is a lot cheaper than a bottle that has a lot less in it!! It smells good too. icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif

    On the other hand, I got some bulk BBQ seasoning which is VERY salty!! I should have tasted it before I got it. I don't want to throw it out but I can't taste much else than salt. Does anyone know what I can add to it to make it less salty?


    I don't think so..... unless you add what you have to something totally unsalted, and plenty of it.....
    Sue Lau
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 8:32 am
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    ITS ME TOOLBELT wrote:
    AuntWoofieWoof wrote:
    Sue L wrote:
    There's got to be a way around this import rule.
    Does the rule apply to spices only leaving the USA?
    I could send you something you need, SG, and perhaps you could send me something non-food in return?
    I can find most spices I need anyway, and in that same way would be glad to help someone find what they need. icon_smile.gif

    Same with me Sue as far as getting spices I need. With having 3 stores that I go to that sell spices in bulk, there is a wide variety of spices I am able to get.

    I went to one store on Sunday (Winco Foods) that has a HUGE section of Bulk Foods. And their prices were great!!! I got some Italian Seasoning at $4.26 a pound. I got a small bag (0.16 pound) for 68 cents!!! That is a lot cheaper than a bottle that has a lot less in it!! It smells good too. icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif

    On the other hand, I got some bulk BBQ seasoning which is VERY salty!! I should have tasted it before I got it. I don't want to throw it out but I can't taste much else than salt. Does anyone know what I can add to it to make it less salty?


    I don't think so..... unless you add what you have to something totally unsalted, and plenty of it.....

    I would look up a recipe for bbq spice mix and add it to that, leaving out any salt in the extra mix. You wouldn't really have to remix all of your too salty mix, just however much you needed at the time. That would keep the price down and the spices fresher. icon_smile.gif
    AuntWoofieWoof
    Mon Aug 02, 2004 11:07 am
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    Sue L wrote:
    I would look up a recipe for bbq spice mix and add it to that, leaving out any salt in the extra mix. You wouldn't really have to remix all of your too salty mix, just however much you needed at the time. That would keep the price down and the spices fresher. icon_smile.gif

    That's a good idea Sue!! I know it at least has paprika in it because it is real red!! I can't taste any chili powder in it so I don't think the red is from that. I am sensitive to hot spices like that so I would have tasted that right away and I didn't.

    Thanks!
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