Save time and reduce stress by finding your spices quickly and easily.
I'm guessing I'm not the only one who has pulled out his or her hair while searching for a spice that you just KNOW is right in front of you . . . somewhere. It's particularly irritating when you're cooking something that has 8 or 10 spices in it. If it takes you 30 seconds to find each one, that's a lot of wasted time and effort.
I finally got so sick of it that I decided there must be a better way. At first, I simply arranged all of my spices alphabetically, but did not use dividers of any sort. That worked for a little while, but pretty soon the different container sizes and lack of order ended up getting things mixed up again, and I was back to where I started.
My current setup works great, and was pretty easy to do:
- First find a drawer or two to hold your spices. We were fortunate in that we planned for a large spice drawer under our cooktop when we redid our kitchen. But any drawer that is waist height or so will do.
- Then divide the drawer into rows by adding divider strips. I just cut a long strip of narrow wood into several pieces. Then just lay them in place in the drawer before adding your spices to the drawer.
- Put your spices in containers of similar height. Most spices are already in standard size jars, but any that are too tall will screw up your nice neat rows. What I did was to re-use old spice containers, then transfer spices from over-sized containers into these standard size containers, and re-label them. See the Oregano and Parsley in the photo above?
- You will still need a place for your over-sized spice containers. Can't help that. If you're like me and buy a lot of your spices in bulk, just re-fill your standard size containers in your drawer as needed.