People who cook a lot -- your spice rack or storage system?

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Posted: 9/3/2012 12:39:14 PM
I'm not necessarily looking for pretty systems (although that would be a bonus!) but just wondering how people who do a lot of cooking organize their spices and cooking staples?

I have so many they are all over the kitchen in different areas. I don't like anything out in the open because I hate to have to clean and dust containers, etc., more than I have to.

I'd love to have it all basically at my fingertips, though. In my kitchen now I have to "unpack" to get to things like bay leaves or peppercorns. It's annoying!

Any good ideas you've seen or are using?

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Posted: 9/3/2012 12:45:54 PM

You can put them in a drawer and write the names on the tops. Or you could buy those wire spice racks and mount them inside your cupboards or pantry doors.






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Posted: 9/3/2012 12:48:12 PM
I have all my cooking basics and regularly used spices, etc... on 2-tiered lazy susans in the cupboards to the right of the stove.




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Posted: 9/3/2012 12:49:42 PM
I have a walk-in pantry. I bought a couple of little three-step organizers to hold my spices so I can easily see the spices behind the first row. Like this: Pantry organizer

Flour and other staples are mostly in Lock-n-Lock containers on the same shelf of the pantry.



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Posted: 9/3/2012 12:50:13 PM
I got jars from IKEA and put my spices in those with labels on the top and I keep them in two drawers that are closest to where I prepare food and bake. I separated the salts and peppers to the front of the top drawer because those are the seasonings that I reach for the most in general cooking.



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Posted: 9/3/2012 12:51:18 PM
I keep all my spices in a corner cabinet. I have several different small square 'bins' and Ive sorted the spices out and grouped like with like. Then I just need to pull that bin out of the cabinet whem Im cooking/baking.

I have baking spices in one, grilling and meat flavor spices in one, and staples in another.



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Posted: 9/3/2012 12:53:47 PM
I have a drawer with a special rack in it on which I lie the bottles face up. I love it.



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Posted: 9/3/2012 12:56:50 PM
I have shorter shelves and a door unit on a few doors in my kitchen. I keep them in loose alphabetical order. Here is the A-D door.

The picture is from before the remodel but the cabinets are still there so you get the point.





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Posted: 9/3/2012 12:57:34 PM
I had DH make a board insert with holes that fit the jars. Nothing moves around, it's awesome.
I dont know how to do links on the iPhone app, but here's my blog post about it:


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Posted: 9/3/2012 1:00:11 PM
I have one like this that pulls out from next to my stove.

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Posted: 9/3/2012 1:00:47 PM
I keep my spices in dabba masalas- like these:





I have a small cupboard beside the stove that fits them perfectly, and I used those wire corner shelves to stack them.

I organize them by "ethnicity".

My Indian dabba will have cumin, peppercorn, chili, cardamon and such.
I have an Asian one that has allspice and ginger and anise- things I use for stir-fries. An Italian/Greek one that has oregano, basil, garlic, lemon pepper, chili flakes. You get the idea.

I like that they only hold a small amount of spice- so mine never go stale.

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Posted: 9/3/2012 1:01:59 PM
Spices are in food grade tins, attached to the pantry door with velcro and they are in alphabetical order. Oils, salts and vinegars are in the cupboard to the right of my stove. Baking supplies take up one shelf in the pantry, separated into bins.



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Posted: 9/3/2012 1:09:54 PM
Mine are in a cabinet. There is no real organization. But, I know where everything is. So, I guess there is a subconscious system.

I would love to get them out of the cabinet & into drawers though. I think it would be much more simpler to find things. Not having to unload the spices in the front to get to the ones in the back.

Our kitchen has dreadfully little drawer space at present. So I wait for that ever elusive kitchen remodel.





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Posted: 9/3/2012 1:11:30 PM

I have all my cooking basics and regularly used spices, etc... on 2-tiered lazy susans in the cupboards to the right of the stove.


That's exactly how I keep mine. I love having my spices up at eye level. On the shelf above the lazy susan I have one of those bi-level shelf things to hold my taller bottles.

I also have a bunch of those magnet backed tins for specialty spices/blends that I don't use that often and I keep those attached to a metal sheet inside one of the cabinets close to the stove.

My bff has family in Colorado and stops at Savory for me every time she goes so I've amassed quite a collection of spice blends by now.


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Posted: 9/3/2012 1:14:59 PM
I have one of those tiered shelves that MergeLeft posted, but it's in my cabinet, and I hate it. I can't see anything past the first tier, so I'm always having to move stuff around. I'll be watching this thread to get some ideas.


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Posted: 9/3/2012 1:16:20 PM
I keep mine in drawers next to the range, right behind the island, with labels on top. I had mine in the cupboard on a tiered shelf, but I could never grab one in the back without causing an avalanche, so they moved to the drawer! A few are in penzey's bags because I use them so often and in such mass quantities that I was going through the bottles too quick.



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Posted: 9/3/2012 1:21:35 PM

I can't see anything past the first tier, so I'm always having to move stuff around. I'll be watching this thread to get some ideas.



Yeah, that's why I only use mine for holding bottles, like soy sauce, chile oil, flavored vinegars, etc. It's just not good for holding little spice jars that are all the same size. It works great for the bottles.


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Posted: 9/3/2012 1:32:48 PM
BF, where did you find those labels?





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Posted: 9/3/2012 1:43:22 PM
I have a lot of spices. My bigger Costco jars (the most often used, hence the size) are lined up like soldiers in a full length back-of-the-pantry-door rack. Small jars are in a drawer in Ikea containers (like BF) and the teeny ones are on a lazy susan on a pantry shelf near the sugar and flour.

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Posted: 9/3/2012 2:46:02 PM
My cabinet has a built in spice rack. You open the cabinet door and then the spice rack is right there and it opens up also like a cabinet door. There is storage for spices on both sides of it and some storage behind it. I like it okay. I'm limited to the size of spice bottles I can use because the shelves are fixed and one side of the rack has settled so it rubs on the floor of the cabinet. DH is going to fix that for me *one of these days* (loosely translated to "maybe never" ).

Thankfully, the 1/2 cup Penzey's jars fit perfectly in this spice rack.


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Posted: 9/3/2012 3:02:14 PM
I have a cabinet dedicated to spices and flavorings to the right of my stove. I use the three tiered shelves in it. I also have a walk in pantry to the left of my stove where everything else edible is stored along with bulky or little used kitchen supplies. I my pantry!


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Posted: 9/3/2012 3:14:46 PM
I just saw those handle baskets at Walmart the other day. I think I'll get some for my non-spice stuff that needs to be corraled.


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Posted: 9/3/2012 3:29:15 PM
My system is not fancy but it's efficient. I like something that accommodates all shapes and sizes of jars because I am too lazy to transfer everything into exactly matching jars.

I have two lazy susans. One has two tiers for shorter jars, one holds taller ones. They are in the cupboard immediately right of my stove. The shelf on top holds oils, sauces, and other things I use less frequently.





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Posted: 9/3/2012 3:39:27 PM
My most used spices are on the wall in alphabetical order :


The rest are a mess in a cabinet. My kitchen does not have nearly enough cabinet space, hence the need to put spice racks on the wall


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Posted: 9/3/2012 3:44:31 PM

I can't see anything past the first tier, so I'm always having to move stuff around. I'll be watching this thread to get some ideas.
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Yeah, that's why I only use mine for holding bottles, like soy sauce, chile oil, flavored vinegars, etc. It's just not good for holding little spice jars that are all the same size. It works great for the bottles.


hrug: It works fine for me. Maybe because I buy spices in a variety of jar sizes and tend to have the smaller ones on the front tier and larger ones on the back tiers. Also, the shelf they're on is at chest level so I'm looking down at it. I think it would be harder in my kitchen cabinet at eye level.

All I know is that I have dozens of jars of spices, and when I tried lazy susans I could never see the spices at the middle of the turntable, and while those pullout spice drawers are awesome, I'm sure I'd still have to store some in the pantry because there wouldn't be enough space.



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Posted: 9/3/2012 4:14:20 PM
I've got this set up. It's perfect because we don't have a lot of cabinet space, and it looks good on the counter.Spice Rack




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Posted: 9/3/2012 5:08:07 PM
I got DSO to make one for me:



The 3 rows in the middle I can store the jars and containers 2 deep, so there are 20+ spice jars in each row. I have a LOT of spices!


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Posted: 9/3/2012 5:29:44 PM
I have no suggestions, but will be watching this thread. We also have an insane amount of spices that have taken over our kitchen. DH is a foodie and loves going to spice shops!

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Posted: 9/3/2012 5:32:12 PM
I have metal containers with magnets lined up on the top of my range.

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Posted: 9/3/2012 5:36:31 PM

BF, where did you find those labels?


They are just round Avery labels and I used an Avery template on their website.

I like to keep a variety of oval, round, and square labels on hand because they just dress everything up so nicely when labeling.


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Posted: 9/3/2012 5:39:54 PM
Thanks for this thread! I'm trying to find something that works for me too... Was thinking of having a drawer put in, behind where a false front is in the corner base unit, but not sure how easy it would be to organize... For people that store their's in a drawer, how do you like it? And do you lay them flat/angled or do you stand them up and label the top of the lids?


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Posted: 9/3/2012 5:42:34 PM
I have a large corner lazy susan cabinet to the left of my oven ... my spices take up about half of the top shelf ... easy to access and nice and dark which helps to keep them fresh (so they say) ...

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Posted: 9/3/2012 5:43:23 PM
I keep the spices, herbs and oils I use most on a lazy Susan next to my stove.
They are all right there at my fingertips.
The rest, less frequently used ones are in a spice rack and in a drawer


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Martha stewart Avery labels are pretty and come in red or turquoise. They are at staples and on amazon


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Posted: 9/3/2012 9:13:27 PM
I'll have you all know that because of this thread I spent an hour cleaning and organizing my spice cabinet (needed to be done) and the last two hours obsessing about finding square spice jars with metal lids like the Archer Farms/Target spice jars that I can buy in bulk or at whole sale prices. I seriously want all of my spices in the same type fancy jars. I may have to resort to picking up a couple of jars every time I go to Target because I'm not having much luck.







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Posted: 9/3/2012 9:22:33 PM

I have all my cooking basics and regularly used spices, etc... on 2-tiered lazy susans in the cupboards to the right of the stove.


That's what I do. And theshelf above is for spices I don't use as often.

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Posted: 9/3/2012 10:02:46 PM
My spices are in a cupboard next to (above) my stove top. I have 3 plastic bins - one for seasoned salts and peppers and mixes like italian seasoning, rosemary lemon, and bbq rub. One for "sweet" spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. And the last for "savory" spices like curry, cumin, and paprika.

It's not perfect, but having them sorted into the 3 bins narrows down my search and makes it easy to pull 20 spice containers out at once.

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Posted: 9/3/2012 10:11:31 PM
I just found storage jars at the dollar tree. They will go on the pantry shelf.

and I have been mr. peanut jar to store bigger bulk amounts in.

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Posted: 9/3/2012 10:45:34 PM
I have this kind:
http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/01/-gadgets-automatic-dispensing-spice-carousel-by-kitchenart.html

and ABSOLUTELY love it!! I actually have three of them mounted under my top kitchen cabinets. I also keep them alphabetically, which I love.

Can someone quickly tell me how to post a pic? I have a great pic from my kitchen I can share if so. Thanks.



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Posted: 9/3/2012 10:46:58 PM
Mine are stuffed in a cupboard that is too small for anything else...

We only have one regular sized drawer in our kitchen and it has the silverware in it, those inside the cupboard racks won't work with our cabinets and we don't have wall space for more than a tiny spice rack.

I am drooling over all these organized spice systems in this thread.

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