31 Days of Progress Day 15 :: Organizing Spices {Still in Progress}

Category: Cooking & Eating
Goal: Cook at home!
Baby Step: Organize Spices

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Maybe someone out there can help me! Maybe? Please? Ha ha.  I have a lot of dried herbs and spices.  Remember me?  Food allergy lady? Must cook everything from scratch {pretty much}?  Well, if I am going to be more disciplined about cooking healthy meals at home, and pre-cooking & freezing for those busy times…I need organization for my spices.  Here’s a picture of my current spice cabinet.  Maybe it doesn’t look too bad from a distance…

SpiceCabinet

…until you pan even further back and see that I apparently also have a “Spice Counter”… {recognize my Garam Masala in the lower right part of the pic?}.  Speaking of that, I’ll be right back, going to go smell it again, cuz I’m weird like that :)

SpiceCounter

SpiceStepsOkay, I’m back.  When you look at this closeup you’ll see that I have those nifty little spice “steps”, which helps a little, except that when you reach for something on the middle or back “step” you run the risk of knocking one of the more forward jars out of the cabinet and onto the counter.  This would be why I only have 11 dinner plates.

I won’t tell you who did it…except that it wasn’t me…and I was out of town…and I was on the phone with someone at home when it happened…and I heard it happen…and my dishes were a brand new investment at the time.  But I’m not bitter, really ;)

MessyPepper

 

How about even closer up.  Ick! Yeah, that bugs me…better clean that up. I actually used to have a little white porcelain dish I used to set the pepper mill on so this wouldn’t happen.  Wonder what happened to that? Probably fell out of the cupboard and broke. Imagine that.

 

WrapDrawerI saw a really cool idea once.  I thought I had probably pinned it on Pinterest, but I just checked, it’s not there.  Maybe I saw it on tv.  Anyway, it was a spice drawer.  All of the spices were in beautiful little jars {like my Garam Masala} and had labels on top to identify them.  I thought, “I have a couple of drawers that are not being used to their full potential!”  I have one drawer for parchment, foil, waxed paper, etc. and another one for plastic freezer bags {and some miscellaneous “stuff”} because they won’t both fit in the same drawer.

If I had a similar spice drawer with all of my “regular” sized herbs and spices I could make cute little round labels for the tops and alphabetize them {be still my lil’ ol’ first-born, organizing heart!}

PossibleSpiceDrawer

Uh oh…maybe not!

MaybeNotDrawer

Hmmm…well, I am determined to get this conquered before I go to bed tonight, so maybe I’ll just reorganize the spice cabinet…this time! I could transfer spices from taller containers to shorter ones {I tend to save the pretty square glass ones when they are empty. The perfectionist in me would love to have identical little glass jars, the not-rolling-in-the-dough woman in me knows probably not}…but I’ll have to save that for a later time.

What do you do with your dried herbs and spices???

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Comments

  1. says

    Hello…it looks like you have enough spices to keep ya cookin for a very long time Lisa LaRee!
    I know you have the organizing gene…but I just don’t know where in the world you got it….certainly not from me…(:>) I am too undisciplined to keep things organized…so I just make do with what I have. I guess I used to be more organized when I was younger…but I don’t have the energy these days.

    Anyway, invited me for dinner when you are all done with it…and I will sing your praises!

    Love, Momma

  2. says

    I keep them in glass containers or Ziploc bags. I have spices scattered here there and everywhere in my kitchen. Baking type in one drawer, savory spices in a cupboard next to my stove, which could you use a cleaning out too, thank you very much! And then for some odd reason I keep all my red spices in the refrigerator…I read they kept there flavor longer in the frig…not sure if it’s true. Great post. It’s not easy blogging 31days in a row is it? 15 days to go!

    • says

      Thanks for stopping by Sheila…the 31 days thing is a challenge, but one I am enjoying, how about you? I used to be quite a sporadic blogger, so it is good for “training” me to post more regularly. For some reason the only spice I heard about keeping in the fridge is Hungarian {sweet} paprika…which is red. Hmmm, I never thought about keeping other ones there. I did get that cabinet tackled before bed last night. I’ll be posting an update in a few days.

  3. Sandy says

    I redid my spices last year, I used baby food jars, spray painted the lids with chalk paint and used chalk ink( from Michals) to write on the lids. It’s working well, and yes, they are alphabetized!

    • says

      Sandy, I don’t have a baby to empty the baby food jars for me :), but the idea I saw was very similar to that with chalkboard paint on the tops for the spice names. I love that you alphabetized yours. I can’t do it yet, with most of mine being on the cabinet “steps”…I just have them separated into 3 categories with the ones I use most often in the front.

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