Spice and Extract Storage


Nature's Colors.

All the Spices in a Row.

I am a creature of convenience.  So when I remodeled my kitchen, I needed to store my collection of spices and extracts in a way that was easily accessible.  For years I have used tins for spice storage and kept extracts in their original packaging.

I intuitively wanted glass containers for the spices and new lab bottles in amber color for extracts and put the oft used salt and pepper in vintage squat Kerr jelly jars.  The spices themselves are in what are generally used for…wait for it…specimen jars.  Just typing that makes me chuckle.

But seriously, the jars have a certain heft and elegance about them and I like their weight and feel.  Being able to see the spices in glass jars (versus opaque tins) has a practical application, too: I know when I am running low by simply looking.

I store my measuring spoons separated by measurement because I find I use them that way.  Tucked near the spices and extract, their placement is perfect for the way I cook and bake and navigate in the kitchen.

I made the shelves to keep things neat and organized and made the labels using Kraft paper labels.

Hope you like it.

Love Always,

Cindy, Lillie and Samantha

As a post script, I am submitting this article for consideration for a feature in Cottages & Bungalos.  Stop by the blog when you have some time, there are some terrific entries already:

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  1. Love the idea. SOOOOOO tired of having all my spices, commingled and hard-to-find, stored ABOVE the hot stove top for lack of sufficient cabinet space. To make things worse, I’m constantly catching pot handles on my shirt and gonna get seriously hurt some day. The glass vessels make perfect sense, the labels are attractive (where can I find them?), and having everything one jar deep in a rack would seriously simplify things. Now, if I only had any wall space in my kitchen. Whoever designed this kitchen (in 1984) was clearly NOT a cook.

    • EXACTLY! I got so tired of having double bottles of spices in the pantry because I couldn’t see them and bought another. Truly, having everything at hand makes cooking and baking FUN! I feel like a real chef and yes, I know what you mean about having a kitchen designed in 1984…my kitchen was a relic, too. But with a little sweat equity and a small budget…I have a WONDERFUL kitchen that I love. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

  2. Hi! Love this! Where did you find all those little jars for the spices?

    • Hello. So glad you like them! I originally got them off of amazon, but since then I have found they are all over the internet. I decided to offer a similar spice rack (smaller in scale) in my etsy shop and tried to get better pricing and you just have to mine the internet; the best deals seem to rotate among the vendors. Do a search for clear, straight sided jars with black phenol caps. You can also go to my etsy shop (through the blog) and take a look at the one I offer. There is a 20% off coupon code in the shop notes for this Sunday. Thank you soooo much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Please let me know how your search turns out. Have a terrific day!

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