I noticed that many Thai curry recipes start with a foundation of red curry paste.
My local grocery store has one, small, overpriced jar of the stuff. The Asian grocery store, located at a very inconvenient distance, has several varieties as you would expect.
I found very straight forward recipes for making the paste myself. However, they use ingredients that I would have to get from the asian grocery store anyway.
Is the quality and cost of bottled products comparable to what I can make myself?