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Create a Spice Drawer

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.

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By chellammal from Alpharetta

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September 26, 20111 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.

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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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September 26, 20111 found this helpful

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.

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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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