A few weeks ago I organized my kitchen spices in preparation for the cooking and baking I am going to be doing for the holidays. I wanted to share with you how I organized my spices in my kitchen.
Organizing Food Spices
The first thing I did was pull all of the spices together to see which ones were too old. Most spices last a couple of years, but let me tell you, two years goes by quick. I toss out the old spices and make a list of what I need to purchase the next time I am at the store. Then I clean off the spice jars with a damp cloth because sometimes a bit of grease gets on them when cooking. Now I keep my most used spices (salt, pepper, seasoning salt) separate from my other spices because I keep them handy on my range.
But the other spices are kept in a kitchen drawer that is near the area that I bake and prepare most often, my kitchen island. I use a spice drawer insert to hold the spices in the drawer.
I alphabetize them to make them easy to find. I like that I can see all the spices at once. (Notice that the Chili powder was not where it should have been...this was fixed.)
I also put the measuring spoons in the spice drawer since I often use that with them.
When I buy a spice jar, I note the month and year purchased on the bottom of the container with a permanent marker. The spices have it printed on there, but I find that over time with use, this can fade. I like keeping spices in a drawer because it prevents them from getting splattered when I am cooking and keeps them away from the heat.
Do you organize your spices?