The NY TImes had an article today about "dinner kits"; they arrived chilled in a box with just enough of each ingredient to make one dinner. What an unconscionable waste of packaging and money. So you keep buying cumin at a rate of a teaspoon at a time.
"The box — or bag, or crate — includes a recipe, usually with photos showing each step. Inside, ingredients are already portioned and measured: if a chili recipe calls for a teaspoon of cumin, there it is, neatly labeled, in its own little cup. Two tablespoons of olive oil arrive in a tiny screw-top jar; six sprigs of cilantro, in a zipped plastic bag. "