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Where's the flavour??

Has anyone ever had a spell when everything you made just didn't taste like it used to? I'm not sure what is going on, but I don't like it!
I'm seasoning much like I always have, but I'm not a measurement guy, so there is always some variance. I really don't think I'm under seasoning....
Everything is just tasting muddy to me, if that makes sense. Are my taste buds burnt out or something???
Please tell me it's just old spices!

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  1. Old spices. Oncoming virus. Jaded palate after the excesses of the festve season.

    Decide on a favourite "tasty" dish. Buy all new ingredients. Cook with love. Eat. Enjoy.

    Better now?

    1. Have you burned your tongue on some too-hot food lately? I find that sometimes flavors get more muted when this happens to me...

      But if you haven't used the spices in a long time, then yeah, it's most likely the spices!

      1. A new medicine can do this sometimes.

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        1. re: EM23

          I hate to sound too much like Bobby flay, but I love big, bold flavours, so we (my wife and I) use them all the time! A bad batch perhaps? A couple of my chilies are newer, and it started not too long ago. Hmmm

        2. Maybe too much of the same old same old. Perhaps you need to step out in a different direction for a while. If I make anything too often it begins to lose it's edge. if I leave it for a while it always tastes better.


          1. When I took Lipitor food tasted different. The things I made regularly did not taste the same. I couldn't pin down anything but when I stopped taking Lipitor, things tasted OK again. To me things tasted off or muted.

            1. Age, or too much of it, has that effect.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                Maybe I'll experiment with some curries and new herbs to see how it goes

                1. re: Leftychefty

                  Food does not taste the same these days because of the lack of nutrients in the soil, the amount of processing it goes through. Also the genetic modification food goes though to resist natural pests and disease and to prolong shelf life. Basically, giant agriculture is turning our food into cardboard. Sorry for the seriousness :).
                  Now, I dare you to go to a small organic farm, eat food in season and challenge your taste buds not to burst from flavor overload! :)

              2. all of the above things can affect food, but yes, your taste and sensitivity to flavors changes with your own age as well. In general, and it varies from person to person, the older we get the less sensitive our taste becomes. We also loose some of our sense of smell, which affects taste as well. Just like our hearing and eyesight, we loose that fine edge. And like hearing and sight, it does not affect all people equally. A sudden change can be indicative of other issues and you might want to mention it to your doctor.

                1. Have you recently had a sinus infection or cold? Or taken specific medications?

                  Loss of smell (and a corresponding loss of taste) often results from such situations.

                  See this link: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/en...

                  In most cases your sense of smell and taste can come back.

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                  1. re: Rasam

                    I'm guessing it's either I need a new batch of spices, or I have a sinus issue, right now. Winter(dust) allergies, perhaps...

                  2. I've suffered off and on for years with a non-allergic rhinitis that's gotten worse since we moved from humid Nashville to what's basically a desert, L.A. County. I could never find a remedy, and often spent whole days constantly blowing my nose, until recently I found a prescription that helps a lot. However, over the past year, I've noticed a strange shift in the odors I detected: coffee no longer smells like coffee, and poop no longer smells like poop, for instance. The real downside is that now they both smell exactly the same! About the time I was noticing this I read a book called "What the Nose Knows", about our sense of smell, and read therein that constant nose-blowing will destroy a top layer of olfactory sensors, the ones that do all the fine smelling, and that they DO NOT GROW BACK.

                    So the best I can do is warn the rest of you: if you frequently spend a day with an itching, running nose, and it's not an allergy, get a prescription from your doctor, if you don't want your sense of smell (and therefore your taste) to go away.