Ever wonder how to untangle that messy spice drawer of yours?
If you are anything like my husband and I, then you will certainly understand that there can never be enough spices in our home. So instead of downsizing our entire spice collection as that would be just unbearable, my solution was to find some creative storage ideas instead.
My husband and I love to cook and we constantly find ourselves rummaging through the spice section in our local grocery store or farmers market in search of some new and exciting spices we have yet to try. We can spend numerous hours in stores such as the Spice and Tea Exchange, The Spice House, WILLIAM-SONOMA and DEAN & DELUCA to just name a few.
However we have come to realize we have more than we will ever use and it is time to stop or maybe just control the overflow a little better. So here are just a few tips and tricks to downsize your spice collection and store your spices in pretty little containers instead of just keeping them hidden in your spice drawer or cabinetry.
Did you know that spices go off and lose their wonderful aroma? As most great chefs will attest to, they will do whatever they can to buy only the freshest spices and use them very quickly, or buy them in a state that can be ground or grated (like black peppercorns or nutmeg).
Purchase spices in small quantities to be sure that they are being used before their expiration date. Do you have a large collection of spices? When was the last time you checked the expiration date? Be sure to check and if they have none, use these guidelines and your best judgment. If they do no longer smell or you know you have had the spices longer than you can remember than it is time to let go.
- Seasoning blends: 1-2 years
- Herbs: 1-3 year
- Ground spices: 2-3 years
- Whole spices (such as cinnamon sticks and peppercorns): 3-4 years
- Extracts: 4 years (except for pure vanilla, which lasts indefinitely)
Contain spices and herbs in airtight containers such as these magnetic spice jars that can be purchased on Etsy - The SpiceConnection, to allow for a longer shelf life.
Out of Room in your cabinet and drawer? Why not go up the wall and wall mount your spices adding a personal touch to your kitchen wall? Stylish and functional are two of my favorite words.
Get creative and grab your paint brush. Another creative way to go up that wall is by painting the wall with magnetic paint, followed by chalkboard paint and tin jars.
SpiceCare – Spice Storage Solutions. Multiple size spice containers that are space-efficient, aesthetically pleasing and triangular shaped. These spice containers are not only pretty but also feature a convenient interlocking design ending the days toppling over spices in your spice cabinet while reaching for other spices.
I would love to see some comments and pictures of your favorite spice storage solutions.