Problem organizing spices? Look no further...
My spice cabinet organization problem, solved!
First thing, I use A LOT of spices when I cook! There's a great benefit to using spices other than the obvious delicious tasting reasons- like the health benefits you get from using a variety of spices!!
Storing spices has always been a challenge for me and became a great goal of mine when my spices started to branch out of the 'normal' seasoning categories. Needless to say, I wasn't happy at all with the standard cookie-cutter options out there or the very small magnetic ones, which didn't hold freshness and were either cheap metal or plastic. I have my standards, clean effective and free of bpa, plastic, and all other things that can leech into my food.
Luckily, that all changed...the day I saw this DIY use for mason jars for storing rubber bands, paperclips, and various office supplies with cute little labels. I had an epiphany and decided that spices would work awesomely and I wouldn't have to keep going out to purchase refills or waste perfectly good glass jars into recycling because I wanted to buy a new one. I've seen mason jars with chalk on these black labels before for having cute drinking cups with people's names labeled on them (really cute idea btw!). But what I wanted to use them for, I needed something more permanent so I opted for the white (chalk pen) that can be removed with alcohol and won't come off with water or by rubbing. A good thing to keep in mind when you're handling the spices! Sure, using your senses you can probably figure out what the spice is and re-write the chalk on the label, however my thoughts on that are 1. that's an annoying inconvenience and 2, what if you can't tell the difference between yellow curry & turmeric? I don't know, but why chance it? So, I play on the safe side and enjoy the 'look' without the 'feel' of chalk. I have a chalkboard in the kitchen that get to use chalk anyway, so all is well in the house of Roberts. :)
The freedom of using these mason jars for spice containers is great because you don't start off with a set (like you can buy at a target or BB&B) that is filled with super old spices, most you'll never even use and will continue to get old & dusty. I've had this model before!
You can go to the bulk section of your grocery store or farmer's market and purchase organic MUCH fresher quantities of the spices you know you actually WILL use and refill the jar over and over (with easy-to-clean glass & easy-to-replace lids). You can also customize your spice cabinet and grow it over time. You can start with simple spices, like Cumin, paprika, and garlic powder and once you get more and more familiar with the use of these spices you can start making recipes that suggest using more unique spices like cardamom pods, tarragon, & saffron. Though, I purchased the mini size mason jars for the saffron, because it's very expensive to fill up a large 16oz mason jar with saffron. :)
The larger BALL mason jars (seen on the top shelves) are for my larger quantity items, like coconut Flour, chia seeds, cane sugar, beet sugar, hemp seeds, dried fruit, dried nuts, etc.
The whole system really works well for me and I always have the ingredients that I need, when I need them. Refilling them is easy too, I just add it to the grocery list and presto! I've got fresh stock again!
- Inside the containers, I use little wooden shovels to pull out the spices. Small ones for the spices and larger one's for the bulkier items like the flour, sugar, etc.
- The labels are black labels, which have different sizes and shapes available on the web.
- Instead of actual chalk (because chalk rubs off) I used a chalk-pen, which needs alcohol to remove the wording on the label (and does not rub off when I grab the spice jar).
You can purchase these products directly from my website in the purchase a product section.
If you have any ideas that you'd like to share that you do with your spices, I'd love to hear what they are! Especially when someone is looking to organize, each person has their own desires when building a spice collection! :)
Comment below!! :)