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Can't keep mines in order because my hubby don't put things back like they suppose to be.
I have ALL my spices in Tupperware. I was a consultant twice and store mine on a revolving Tupperware rack. I see everyone and with their labels, I can date them as well.
I have a drawer that I lay all the spices in. It is a big, flat drawer under my cook top and just perfect. I can see everything in there and easy to grab at a moments notice. Hadn't thought of keeping them alphabetized though. That is my next project!
There are some spices that I can't use up in six months, and they are too expensive to toss out. I have heard that red spices (such as cumin) do have the potential to get bugs or go bad easier but I use those up quicker. I wish that I had a bigger kitchen, then I would organize them better.
I just bought cumin and all the spices I bought in jar containers had expirey dates like 2015
"Tossing" spices every 6 month is above my pay grade. Bought cummin, sage and corriander last weekend and spent more than $25 and will not use more than half of either of them in the next 6 months. "Toss" $25 + per year? As to all that time organizing, I have laimdry I haven't done in 6 month
My cabinet is deep, so it's hard to alphabetize them. I do keep old spices jars and use them when I can find spices in bulk
About two weeks ago I started cooking at home & trying new recipes online.. which isn't easy with only the basic spices; so, I started buying everything I see [in the recipes] that I don't have.. though, I'm still not sure what is what and what they are used for. LOL!
Another suggestion for spices is to put a curtain rod pressure type in the back of your cabinet for small light spice jars. Lazy susans are great too. I reuse glass jars too. I am going to look into getting organic spices due to pesticides, chemicals, etc.
I had my spices organized by type or cuisine. Then DH thought he'd be helpful and alphabetized them. He said it makes it easier to find them when he cooks a meal. I left it to humor him.
I don't alphabetize my spices but I do keep them divided up between types - baking sweet - italian - asian and indian with mexican spices - works for me...
I've kept my spices alphabetized for years in a dark cabinet. But I never throw away old spices; I swear that's a gimmick invented by the spice companies. I have bottles that I've had around for many years, and they still taste just fine.
Useful info on dating your spices when you buy them, and always using glass jars for storage. Didn't suggest how to organize them, though ;-(
How about keeping spices/herbs in the freezer do they last any longer than 6 months?
great info! Thanks
I'm glad I saw this video. I am relocating to a new country and couldn't take ANY food with me. I will be starting my spice stash all over again. Dating them is a good idea, for sure. Organizing them alphabetically, already do that one! Re-using jars, we'll try it if I use up any spices quickly.
I TRIED organizing my spice cabinet alphabetically MONTHS ago. I gave up after 4 HOURS because it was just SO EXHAUSTING! Something I do need to do, but a lot of the other parts of the kitchen need organization a lot more right now. It's just going to have to wait a bit.
I can't get the videos on my touchpad. Could you add instructions, please!
Need to start dating my jars when I buy new ones!
I just went through my spice cabinet a couple of days ago and cleaned out some bottles that had expired. Some didn't last long at all, even being in a dark cabinet, which was surprising to me.
I don't throw away spices unless they don't smell anymore. As some others have said, I just can't afford to do that. I do keep them in a dark cupboard, tightly sealed.
Thanks for the Drawer tips Sparkers. I have lazy Susans For my spices but that is not as good as the drawers, This will free cabinet for me. I cannot afford to throw away spices. I smell the aroma.My grandmother never did it so I think it wasteful. I think the spice companies would not agree!
I feel like I would waste lots of money on certain spices if I threw them away after 6 months. Like sage, I only need that for the holidays. And for spices you only need a little, like cinnamon. Can't remember the last time I bought any, but I just need a dash here and there.
Great ideas. Now I need to clean and organize my spices!
I buy my spices in the bulk section so I only buy as much as I will use in a six month period. If the smell and/or color is lackluster, chances are you need to change it. Compare a new oregano or chili powder next to your old. You'll be amazed at how much it has faded in taste and color.
Love the idea of dating your spices. I am just beginning to use more and my spices probably should all just be tossed. I really do not know how old some of the are. Thanks so much for the ideas!! barb
Great ideas! Thanks for the thoughtful advice.
You have a beautiful spice cabinet. I love that it is not so deep that it's hard to see what you have in the back. Gives me ideas...
When I redo my kitchen I am going to make sure a get a special cabinet for spices.
What a great idea to date as sometimes those spices that are dated are hard to read too. They also are not all in the same place to find. I especially loved the tip about saving the old jars and reusing them for spices purchased in plastic bags. I personally do not like plastics for anything.
I'm glad to see she has as many spices as I do!
Looks like i will be clean my spice cubboard out I have spices in there that I came with grandma and she left this world maybe 15 years ago. Until I got on the this part of the site I never used them.
Alphabetizing is the only way to go.For my "seldom used" spices, like Cardamom, I've actually taken to adding to the recipe ingredients (all on my computer) that I really DO have the spice, so don't buy more! The 6 month rule? Bank breaking with all the ones I have. Sorry.
Sounds like I need to throw away stuff that has been on my shelves for literally years and learn to use more spices.
If any of you ever build a new home or remodel your kitchen, be sure and tell whomever you go to for your cabinets (Lowe's, Home Depot,Costco,etc) that you want one or more Spice Doors. I have two of them in my kitchen,they are in each corner above appliance garages. I organize sweet/savory separate
I have a spice cabinet too it was organized at one point.
I have my spices in two places, divided by "category." All the sweet spices (those typically used in baking, for example) are in the same cupboard as other baking ingredients and the savory ones (used for vegetables, meats, etc.) are in another cupboard. Both are on lazy susans and alphabetized.
Great cabinet! I need to date my spices. I had no idea they were only good for 6 months. Great tips!
Good tips. I always have trouble keeping spices organized
Like the idea of putting rub mixes in mason jars - I'm going to do that
I am new with spices. This gave me ideas of how to organize them.
Great video. I WANT that cabinet, with the shelves on the door! I Keep most Spices in a drawer..tops labeled and dated, and grouped as to use. I have a small in the cabinet slide out rack, holding more baking and everyday used spices...Salts, cinnamon, two cinnamony mixes, my blends, chives, etc
My spices are in a drawer, which works much the same way except I have to label the lids! I used to organize alphabetically, but now group more by cuisine -- Italian spices together, indian, Mexican, rubs and marinades, baking spices, etc. Try penzey's for high quality long lasting herbs and spices.
Love the spice cabinet. Having the door to store really helps. I posted a picture of my spices sometime back and they are not that organized. But I am going to work on it. Seeing this video has inspired me to do it. And date the spices, good idea. I love all kind of spices. Have to spice up my fo