Organizing Spices

Spices can quickly take up more space in your kitchen than you may have intended. Keeping your spices organized helps to reduce their storage footprint and makes them easier to locate while you are cooking. This is a guide about organizing spices.
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This is a guide about organizing spice tins on your fridge. This is a creative way to find more storage space in your kitchen.

Spice Tins on Fridge

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November 3, 2016 Flag
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I purchased these carousels that are actually sold in the infant department to be used for baby food jars. I just removed the second shelf and my jars of spices fit just perfect. Each one holds 10 jars.

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I have them set up so that, one has everything to make Italian food. Another has everything I would need to make soups and stews. And the third one has everything I need to bake with.

I feel very organized having the three carousals in my spice cabinet.

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September 23, 2011 Flag
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Keep all the spice bottles in the cabinet drawer which is very close to your stove. The upper left side drawer is a really convenient place to keep all the spices. When you are cooking it is easily accessible and visible. No need to search in wall cabinet which has one behind the other and can be time consuming.

By Geetha from Alpharetta

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September 26, 20110 found this helpful

I was always taught to keep my spices away from heat. That heat was the best way to ruin them all. I would never store mine next to or near to the stove.

I keep mine in the freezer. Buy bulk amounts of the ones I use the most and take small amounts out and put in small containers for every day use.

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September 26, 20110 found this helpful

Wow! This is a tip that I love and gave you a thumbs up! My spices are on one of those plastic pyramids sold especially for spices and fall over when I look through them, as I can't see the labels. Spices can lose their flavor even when they aren't close to heat. My oven doesn't leak heat anyway, so that wouldn't be bad. If my DH buys too large a bottle of spices, I do put them in the freezer, and now since I cook for only two, I am trying to convince him to buy the little jars, even though he says you get a better deal buying the tall jars. I say "not if you throw half out." We don't really "argue" though. :) I am off to replace one of my junk drawers with my spices!

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Geetha, I do exactly the same thing! Started doing it a couple of years ago and it works great! Hopeful mentions her oven doesn't leak heat and neither does mine even when set to 500 degrees. This might not work for everyone depending on the oven but all you have to do is a heat test to see if it will work for you. I do refrigerate or freeze items that can get a rancid taste like sesame seeds though.

Also, it's not that the spices become 'no good' they just loose potency so when that happens just use more to taste than the recipe calls for.

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March 4, 2016 Flag
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I found these baby bottle carousels at a garage sale. They are used to dry or store your baby bottles or can be used to store baby food jars, and they are made on a turntable. These are wonderful for my spices.

Bottle Carousels for Organizing Spices

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November 8, 2004 Flag
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I saved an old tin foil or a plastic wrap box and put it in the back of my spice cabinet. That way I can put some of the spices at a higher level and they don't get pushed into the back of the cabinet.

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November 6, 2007 Flag
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I like buying those plastic spice bottles that are so inexpensive, $0.48 to $0.99 each. They come in so many choices for all your baking and cooking needs.

Photo of using recycled containers to organize spices.

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My family thinks I'm a bit of a psycho because I alphabetize my spices! However, you wouldn't believe how much time this saves when cooking! It cuts the time previously spent looking for a certain spice, down to next to nothing.

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August 19, 2011 Flag
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My brother gave me a spice rack which holds nearly all my spices. I used a label maker and labeled the top of each jar. This particular rack hangs on the wall with the jars at an angle, so I can read the labels.

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This is a guide about making a magnetic spice rack. Having your spices easily accessible makes cooking even easier.

Making a Magnetic Spice Rack

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August 19, 2011 Flag
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When spices go on sale, I buy extra and store them in the little shelves in my freezer. I have also discovered that the little jars/bottles of spices are the best buy, as the larger bottles of spices lose their strength.

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