We all use spices to make our food more flavorful. It is important to have organized spices to keep your spices fresh. A spice rack that is organized will keep your kitchen more appealing to the eyes and also makes it easier for you to find them while cooking. If you make it a habit to clean out the spices at the beginning of every year, your spices will stay fresh and organized.
Spices that are fresh will taste potent, possess rich color and smells strong. Spices that have become old should be discarded as they will give fewer or no flavor to the food. In this post, you’ll learn all about how to keep organized spices properly for longevity.
Know the shelf life of the spices that you use to avoid using them once they have turned bad. Spices should always be stored away from the sunlight and heat; do not store them in cabinets that are next to the cooking stove. You can also add labels at the bottom of the jars or the spice containers to mark the opening date. To avoid visual clutter, it is better to buy the jars that are of the same size.
Having matching labels on the similar looking jars to store your spices is visually appealing. Organize your spices in a way that you and your family are comfortable using them, for instance, you can arrange the spices that you use the most in the front row and rarely used spices can be kept in the back row.
Here are a few ideas to keep organized spices.
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Use stackable tins:
You can use tins to fill your spices, label them and stack them. You can do this if there is no dedicated cabinet for spices.
Use drawer inserts:
Place the drawer inserts inside the drawer. Drawer inserts that are rounded can be used for this purpose. You can use glass or plastic jars to store the spices. Label each jar accordingly and place them on the drawer inserts inside the drawer.
Use mason jars and chalk paint:
Fill the spices in the mason jars, label the lids of the mason jars with the use of chalk paint and place them in the drawer.
Use cabinet doors with magnets:
You can add magnetic strips on the inner side of the door of your cabinet. You have to use metal containers to store all your spices. Once all the spices are stored, stick the labels on the lids of the containers and place the containers on the metallic strips. This idea saves a lot of space.
Use a pull-out rack:
You can use glass or plastic jars to fill the spices, label them and place them on the pull-out rack. For easy access to the spices, while cooking, you can pull this rack out and down. I made one for my laundry room that you can check out here.
Use hooks to hang the spice jars:
Insert hooks on the walls of the kitchen, hang the labeled spice jars with the help of a strong wire. This can save plenty of your kitchen space.
Spice rack using test tubes:
You can use test tubes to fill the spices. Mount a test tube rack on the wall, fill the test tubes with the spices and label them, cover all the test tubes with corks to retain the freshness of the spices and place them in the rack. If you want a fun look, you should try this idea.
Use a slide-out cabinet:
You can use a slide-out cabinet to store all your spices. You can make a rack drawer in the cabinet that can be pulled out. Use jars to fill the spices and put a label on each one of them. This not only keeps your spices organized also saves space in your kitchen.
Tips for organized spices based on their uses:
You can use these kits to restock the spices.
- Chilies: Paprika, Aleppo, Maras, Urfa, chipotles, and cayenne.
- Baking spices: Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, star anise, and mace
- Middle Eastern: sumac, za’atar, dukkah, dried mint, and saffron
- South Asian: coriander, cumin, fenugreek, asafetida, cardamom, and mustard.
- Finishing salts: smoked salt, lemon salt
- East Asian: Sichuan peppercorns, black and white sesame seeds, orange peel (medicinal), fermented soybeans.
- Rarely-used spices: long pepper, juniper berries, and all the other spices that are rarely used.
Having Organized spices will make your kitchen look neat and attractive. Labeling the spice jars is very important to make your work easy while cooking. I am offering free printable spice labels to help you with the process of organizing your spices. Also, check out my DIY open shelves to see how I created more room for organizing.
I want to thank you so much for stopping by. I hope that this post has helped inspire you to organize your spices. Have an amazing day.