Oh My Goodness!!
I had been storing my herbs and spices in a drawer in the kitchen for so many years, that I didn’t notice how grotty and disorganised the spice drawer had become. My storage containers were mismatched which limited what I could fit in the drawer. Some of the jar lids had started to rust. Some spices were kept in the original packaging because of lack of room.
Time to declutter and re-organise the spice drawer!
I cook with spices a lot! So I knew I wanted the biggest size jars I could fit in the drawer I had and I wanted to fit approximately 20 jars.
In the end I went with these 500ml glass jars with a tin chalkboard style lid from Kmart. Only $2 each! Woohoo!!
What I like about these storage jars?
Each jar has its own chalkboard lid so no need to stick labels on them. They also came with a cute, easy-to-write with chalk pencil. To achieve a similar look with plain glass jars, you could buy a set of blank, chalk board labels. Then attach a label to the side or top of your spice container to write the name of the contents on.
What is with the lids though?
For some reason, the lids come as two pieces, the silver tin part and the inner round, chalk board part. I found that annoying because I use my lids to measure out the amount of spice I am adding to my curries. Not a perfectionist cook here! My quick solution was to glue the middle bit to the outside of the lid, which it sits on anyway with a clear PVA glue. I left the lids for a couple of days to make sure the glue was completely dry before putting the spices in them.
Decluttering Your Herbs And Spices
Empty The Space – Everything got taken out of the drawer… Current jars and plastic containers, packets of spices and the newspaper I had been lining the drawer with. Then I wiped down the drawer. Spices such as tumeric, seem to always leave a mess behind!
Discard – Even though I use my herbs and spices regularly I still had a few spices that needed to be discarded. They were simply too old and had lost their flavour and aroma.
Check out this post to work out whether your spices are still good to use or not!
Store – All my herbs and spices got taken out of their various containers or original plastic packaging and put into an glass jar. One for each type of spice.
Here’s My List Of Spices (which I use regularly):
- Ground Cumin
- Cumin Seeds
- Fenugreek Seeds
- Ground Coriander
- Green Cardamon Pods
- Black Cardamon Pods
- Ground Cinnamon
- Cinnamon Bark
- Whole Cloves
- Bay Leaves
- Crushed Chilli
- Whole Peppercorns
- Turmeric powder
- Black Mustard Seeds
- Mixed Spice
Label – I then used a cute chalk pencil to write the contents on top of the jars. For example; cumin seeds or ground cumin.
Replace – Put a new liner in your spice drawer if you need to and put back the contents, now in their new storage containers. A great idea is to keep the spices you use most regularly at the front of your drawer and those you use less often at the back. Or you could arrange them in alphabetical order for easy reference!
An Organised Spice Drawer!
I love how the spice drawer turned out! It looks so much neater and just functions better too. No more spices in lots of different packets and storage containers. Everything is air tight! I can’t believe how much more I can fit in the drawer even with larger size jars.
How do you organise your spices?
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