If you’re like most home cooks, your spices are a bit of a mess. But, if you learn how to store and organize your spices today, you’ll be thanking me every single time you cook!
You most likely have your favorite and most used spices huddled up front, right where you can reach them. Am I right? But the next time you need cardamom, will you be able to find it? Do you know if you even have any in the cupboard? Will it still be any good when you need it?
To get the most out of your spices and keep track of everything you’ve got, it’s time to tidy up the mess. These tips on how to store and organize your spices for maximum freshness will make a huge different when you cook.
I’ve even got a fabulous resource that you can use to keep track of your spice inventory! I have my copy of the Spice Inventory Checklist attached to the inside of my spice cabinet – it’s so convenient!
And I’ve got an extra-special surprise gift for all my IFAFL Subscribers at the end of this article. Keep reading to find out what I’ve got up my sleeve!
It’s true, the longer you keep your spices around, the more their potency will diminish. But here’s 6 tips on how to store them correctly:
You’ve decided to go through all your spices to purge, organize and replace what’s needed.
And learning how to store and organize your spices properly can be a huge job.
But, wait, how do you know if you’re supposed to get rid of or keep your ground cumin? What about the curry powder you bought when you were a member of that cooking club? Was that two, no three years ago now?
Here’s some general guidelines to consider when looking at each of your spices as your purge:
NAN’S TIP: TRY RUBBING THE SPICE BETWEEN YOUR THUMB AND FOREFINGER A FEW TIMES AND THEN TAKING A WHIFF. DOES IT SMELL LIKE THE SPICE? IF IT DOESN’T HAVE A CLEAR, TRUE SMELL OF THE SPICE, IT MIGHT BE TIME TO TOSS IT.
Got the feeling that one of your spices might not quite be ready to bite the dust? Try this tip to help revive a spice that’s just about past it’s prime.
I’ve designed a SPICE INVENTORY CHECKLIST that will keep you organized once you’ve done all the hard purging and restocking. You’ll know exactly what you’re missing too, because my list contains all of the spices that most cooks want in their pantry.
I’ve even included a list of essential extracts that I like to have handy for my cooking and baking needs.
CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT YOUR OWN COPY OF MY SPICE INVENTORY CHECKLIST TODAY!
One of the best tips on how to store and organize your spices and herbs is to make sure you can see everything in your inventory. You’ll want to keep the most frequently used items front and center, but everything else needs to be accessible too.
Don’t you just hate bringing home a bottle of marjoram, just to find the half full bottle behind the sesame seeds? It’s frustrating when you’re not organized!
Keeping your spice pantry organized will make cooking a little more fabulous, each and every day! And just think of all the time you’ll save not rooting around for that lost saffron you know you have somewhere!
Let’s explore some different storage methods that are on the market that I’ve gathered to show you today. This a just a sampling, as the storage options out there are numerous and really fabulous!
Perfect for keeping your most-used spices easily organized, this rack features a pull out drawer that allows it to extend past your cabinet.
This is a really simple storage solution that keeps your spices out of the light, but right where you need them.
I was really impressed with how much style this little rack has, and it’s a shame it’s hidden away inside a cabinet!
Crafted of antiqued finish “chicken coop” metal wire with a sturdy frame and vintage look, this rack will add tons of “farmhouse” appeal to your kitchen counter. Remember, this type of storage should only be used for small quantities of your most-used spices!
Check out this convenient way to get some extra storage into your kitchen.
I’ve seen a number of these types of storage systems, ranging from inexpensive to top-of-the-line pricing, so shop accordingly.
There are a few bargains out there, but you’ll need to do some hunting to find the perfect price and product.
As you can see from the selection of spice storage items I had room to include today, I’ve barely touched the surface!
There are so many creative and attractive kitchen storage systems out there, that you’re sure to find one that works perfectly for your needs.
If you didn’t see a spice storage solution that will work for you today, don’t worry, there are plenty more where they came from!
I’d love to hear from you and find out how you solved your spice storage and organization problems in your kitchen.
Why not tell us all about it in the comment section below this post or over at The Fab Life! That’s our Facebook Group where we show off our triumphs and share our pursuit of “the good life” with each other all week long.
I’m so proud that you want to get your melange of spices under control!
Learning how to store and organize your spices is no small feat. Earlier I shared my SPICE INVENTORY CHECKLIST tool PDF with everyone. It’ll help you keep your spices under control once you’ve purged, organized and replaced your spice collection.
Now I want to give my loyal Ingredients For A Fabulous Life subscribers a little extra love for making this cumbersome task a priority.
I’m sharing a foursome of my favorite spice blend recipes on customized recipe cards that I created especially for this article.
Here’s the recipe’s I’ve shared with specialty recipe card printables:
They’ll help give your recipe box a fun “spicy” vibe when printed on white card stock!
Just download and print the FREE PDFs, and you’re in business.
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