I’ve seen lots of innovative ways to store spices here and there on the internet, but I have to admit, I’ve never found one that works as well for me as this system.
When we lived in Fargo, I stored my spices in the cupboard, and I found I was always, even with them on risers, unable to see the labels. Then I ended up knocking bottles over, which of course produced the domino effect, and I would get uber-frustrated.
Enter the drawer. I am blessed, in my current kitchen, to have a lot of cupboard space and seven (!) drawers. I relegated some things that would normally be housed in drawer to the cupboards, and voila! Two drawers dedicated solely to spices! I can always see the labels, and I never upset the contents of the drawer while pulling out a spice. For most people one drawer might be enough, but I’m a bit of a spice junkie. We make many varieties of food around here, so you never know when you might need curry powder or Spanish paprika or turmeric.
Do you have a favorite spice? I am in love with cumin. And thyme. I put them in all sorts of stuff. Ginger is right up there, too. Great on meats, in baked goods, stir fry…
The best part? These drawers don’t really have to be that organized. I only used the silverware tray because I had it–you can just toss the spices in a drawer and they’re still easier to access than in the cupboard.