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Organizing Food Spices

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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?

 

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Lisa @ A Little Slice of Life

Wednesday 21st of November 2012

I love the idea of writing the date on your spices. I tend to refill my containers with spices I buy in the bulk aisle at the grocery store so the package always looks old.

Organizedisland

Thursday 22nd of November 2012

That is great that you are saving money buying in bulk. I can do that for a few spices. Thanks for stopping by.

Loy Cerf

Wednesday 21st of November 2012

Great idea...I'm afraid I'm one of those whose spices are older than dirt! LOL Thanks for the motivation to clean out my cabinets.

Organizedisland

Thursday 22nd of November 2012

I am glad you are motivated! Thanks for stopping by!

Savvy Working Gal

Wednesday 21st of November 2012

I used to alphabetize our spices, but my husband who does most of the cooking prefers to have the spices he uses the most in front. I like the idea of using a drawer and writing the date of purchase on the bottom of the jar.

Organizedisland

Wednesday 21st of November 2012

Thank you for stopping by, I am sure that system works for him.

Blond Duck

Tuesday 20th of November 2012

I wish I had a spice cabinet like that!

Organizedisland

Tuesday 20th of November 2012

It really helps - thank you for stopping by!