How NOT to Sell Your House, Tip #1: Do not, I repeat, NOT cook anything containing Indian spices if you are trying to sell your house. The smell (which is wonderfully intoxicating while you’re actually cooking and eating) will linger for a week, possibly longer. You may like it, but trust me when I tell you that it is off-putting to potential buyers. And it kinda just plain STINKS after 3-4 days.
Here’s what I was making when I made this discovery:
- 6 tablespoons lemon juice
- 6 tablespoons curry powder, 4 teaspoons kosher salt
- 6 cups unsalted cashews
Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 250°F. Whisk liquid and seasoning in a large bowl. Add nuts; toss to coat (if you use salted nuts, omit added salt). Divide among 2 large rimmed baking sheets; spread in an even layer
Bake, stirring every 15 minutes, until dry, about 45 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
I think I read somewhere that you’re supposed to bake chocolate chip cookies before people come to see the house, because they smell so homey. Give that a try next time!
I’ve been making more dishes with Indian spices lately and I agree that it smells insanely good while you’re cooking and eating it. Two hours later, I’ll return from a before-bed dog walk and my house smells like FEET. Despite that, you’d have to pry my cumin from my cold, dead hands (that smell like feet).
I usually have some sort of cinnamon-y thing baking or burning (candle) before a showing. I just happened to make the Indian stuff one random day (no showing scheduled), and realized that I need to never do that again. Cumin is awesome, until it’s not.