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Thursday, May 30, 2013

one or two things....

Turmeric.
That bright yellow/orange spice powder that is an ingredient in curry powder.
How is it pronounced?

Ter-mer-ic?
T-you-mer-ic?
Too-mer-ic as my mum used to say?


then there's this>>>

More of our good stuff going overseas.
Yet our governments continually exhort us to support our country and growers by buying local.
Hmmm............

and how about this nifty little gadget?

I bought this from a K-Mart store about 35 years ago.

Here is the full image, a blue plastic frame with a handle,

designed to hold a one litre carton of pretty much anything.
Milk, as I have here, juice, custard,anything at all that comes in a one litre carton.

35+ years old and still going strong. This oh-so-handy item makes pouring from a carton so very easy, no worries at all that a carton might slip from arthritic fingers or small hands.

I used to have a two litre one, in red, for two litre cartons of juice. Then we started buying juice in plastic bottles with handles, so it got put away and eventually found its way to a thrift shop.

I haven't seen these in shops for yonks and wonder why they aren't still being produced.



17 comments:

  1. Indians I know say too-mer-ic.

    The holder is a simple and good design.

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  2. Turmeric is used alot in our house. It's incredibly good for you.
    I say, "t-you-mer-ic".

    And, don't get me started on the rogering all of our governments have given to our farmers, and agricultural production in general.
    We come from the country and have seen first hand how the food production industry suffered.

    The "easy pour" looks like a great idea. 35 years - impressive.
    I guess, they "don't make them like that anymore", because it would cost so much to make something of durable quality.
    Like so many other things these days.

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  3. You can watch the youtube how the indian doctor pronounce it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cafoiHQiwPw

    It is pronounced as it is spelt.

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  4. The holder is a disaster, no wonder they dont make them any more. A product that lasts 35 years means they will only ever sell one to every family...then nothing more.

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  5. I vote for t'you'meric. But that doesn't make me right. The lost Aussie industries could be somewhat salvaged by introducing high tariffs on overseas manufactured items. And Kymbo is spot on about the holder!!! I wonder how much you'd get for it on e-Bay??!!

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  6. Andrew; the holder is one of the best things I ever bought.

    Vicki; most people I know say t-you-mer-ic and I've been picking that up instead of the too-mer-ic my mum used. I'm a little angry at our governments on the whole manufacturing and growers industries. I lost two jobs because the companies moved off-shore and in my latest job, it's very discouraging to have so many customers complaining that they can no longer purchase their favoured local items because they are now produced in third world countries.
    As for the holder, it's one of my "best" purchases ever.

    mm; thank you, but I rarely watch you tubes, they take around 40 minutes to load on my computer.

    Kymbo Whitford; but I know so many, many people who don't have one, are impressed with mine and want to know where I bought it.

    Red Nomad OZ; it seems t-you-mer-ic is the locally accepted pronunciation. The introduction of low or zero tariffs is what cost me two jobs and now many more people are set to lose theirs. What is the government thinking? Not all of these people are going to be able to find employment in an already overfull employment arena. There will be thousand more joining the dole queues; you just can't put people into jobs that aren't there. and you can't tell me that retraining will fix the problem. E-Bay Shme-bay, the holder is not for sale, ever. I think some company should look into producing them again, for all those people who didn't buy one when I did. Sadly, any company that does, will not be Australian.

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  7. Hmmm, I've always pronounced it TOO-mer-ic, but then, I don't believe I've ever heard anyone say the word out loud.

    That last gadget is nifty. I've never seen anything like that before.

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  8. I'm with your mum on the pronunciation. I've used carton holders like that, but it's been a long time since I've seen one around.

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  9. I don't believe I've seen anything like that over here.

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  10. Turmeric is 'ter-mer-ic' here.
    We have no homegrown industries left - all sold to the French, the Germans, the Americans . . . oh, we have Banking . . . :-/
    Nifty gadget.

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  11. Hi River,

    We Brits pronounce it "Choomeric" (well I do anyway).

    You will almost certainly find my accent weird anyway.

    ;-)

    Cheers

    PM

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  12. The indian doctor pronounced it as Turmeric is 'ter-mer-ic' here.

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  13. That is a really nifty gadget. I could do with one.

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  14. Susan; most people here say t-you-mer-ic, or as Plasman says further down, choomeric.
    The easy pour is an older gadget, no longer available, although I think it should be.

    Joanne Noragon; so you don't still have one? I have lots of handy little things that I bought cheaply years ago and are worth their weight in gold. I tend to hang on to such things even when de-cluttering.

    Delores; many people out here haven't seen them either, especially younger folk, which is why I think they should be back in production. all of those younger people will have unsteady aged hands one day and such a gadget would be so very handy.

    jabblog; the death of home-grown industries is a sad death indeed.

    Plasman; choomeric is probably closer than t-you-mer-ic now that I think about it. As long as I can spell it and find it in the shop I'm happy.

    mm; I haven't heard termeric as much as the choomeric, or toomeric.

    The Wicked Writer; sadly they're no longer available here, I don't know about anywhere else.

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  15. Susan; most people here say t-you-mer-ic, or as Plasman says further down, choomeric.
    The easy pour is an older gadget, no longer available, although I think it should be.

    Joanne Noragon; so you don't still have one? I have lots of handy little things that I bought cheaply years ago and are worth their weight in gold. I tend to hang on to such things even when de-cluttering.

    Delores; many people out here haven't seen them either, especially younger folk, which is why I think they should be back in production. all of those younger people will have unsteady aged hands one day and such a gadget would be so very handy.

    jabblog; the death of home-grown industries is a sad death indeed.

    Plasman; choomeric is probably closer than t-you-mer-ic now that I think about it. As long as I can spell it and find it in the shop I'm happy.

    mm; I haven't heard termeric as much as the choomeric, or toomeric.

    The Wicked Writer; sadly they're no longer available here, I don't know about anywhere else.

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  16. Well, I don't know, but if it's spelt 'tur-mer-ic' then I'd plump for 'ter-mer-ic'. I bought a container of the stuff the other day and the label had misspelt is as 'tumeric' which might explain why it has such a diverse pronunciation range? Or am I just being pedantic 'pe-dan-tic'?

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  17. I am running late with this so you may not see it but when I say turmeric it tends to begin with more of a choo sound but the that's me.
    I used to have one of those carton holders. Mine was fawn but it's long gone as we now buy 2 litre plastic bottles of milk and we don't use juice at all.
    A comment was made that one or two to a household would last for years so why continue to make them? I can add to that about a wee dish scrubber. It is like a small plastic net that never wears out and I've had mine for 10+ years. It is ideal for cleaning the cat's dishes so I keep it on the tap on the trough. I decided to buy more but of course they are not available as they never wear out.

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