“Spice a dish with love and it pleases every palate.” – Plautus
Spices are an important part of cooking any meal. They add that extra flavor to any dish. If you are like me, at one point or another you spend time digging in the back of the cupboard or pantry for spices.
Figuring out the most efficient way to organize your spice jars really depends on how much space you need and available space.
The main objective is to organize your spices so they are appealing to look at and at the same time save you time and stress each time you cook. Plus, when they are clearly labeled and alphabetized you don’t buy the same spice twice.
Spice Organizing Tips:
- Decide where you will store your spices. They should be kept in a cool dark area. Avoid sun and heat. Depending on the size and location will determine which spice rack to purchase. Spice organizers come in various shapes and sizes. Some people prefer a countertop organizer, wall mounted spice rack, or a lazy susan in a cabinet.
- Pull all your spices out and check the expiration date. If there is not an expiration date, generally dried herbs stay fresh for 3 years. If you are uncertain, toss.
- Clean your shelf or drawer and the new jars.
- Arrange spices alphabetically or group according to use. You can store baking spices in a separate rack/area if needed. The most common spices such as salt, pepper and red pepper flakes can be kept on the counter, close to the stovetop.
- Put labels on each jar. Most labels come in black or white and apply like stickers. If you prefer, use a blank one and write on the label with a chalk pen.
- Clear spice jars that are the same shape and size will be more pleasing to the eye. If you are on a budget consider buying spices from the same company. Penzeys is one of my favorite local spice stores. Remember not to buy large bottles unless it’s a spice you use often.
After storing my spices in the cabinet for years, I recently purchased my first in-drawer spice rack and spice jars along with the labels. These are from the Container Store and if you are interested in organizing your spices or spice rack in Minnesota, these are available locally. I LOVE the CLEAN look and it makes adding spices to any dish a breeze.