It may not be a surprise to anyone that knows me (or has seen my kitchen) that I love spices. It is one of the best things about cooking “ethnic” foods. However, since I’m lacking in cupboard space, they’ve been stacked on a shoe rack- which actually is a great space, but I can’t see anything that is behind the front row. Add to that, that I often buy bulk spices, and have a million ziploc bags that are overflowing the basket that I thought would keep them “looking pretty”. Obviously, this isn’t working for me– I think I have 3 things of ginger now. (Note to self- need more recipes that use massive amounts of ginger.) And since I highly doubt that I’m going to stop buying spices, I need to at least get this issue under control.
So this week’s project: getting them organized!
First step- a couple of hours online looking at spice storage options. I’m going to try the SpiceStack Storage system for my store-purchased bottles. I ended up buying from amazon, because it was a bit cheaper, but I REALLY wanted the red one from here: http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.aol_refer.false.tpl.detail.msn_refer.false.item.K29146.ref.BV1?
I also bought a spinning rack for the other sized things: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036OQWT0/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=
My thinking at the moment is that I can reorganize the stuff on the shoe rack/shelf to make everything more accessible. So we’ll see– I’ll update throughout the week. I might even share some of the cool spices I have to see if anyone has good ideas for recipes…
UPDATE: Why oh why do I have 5 things of ground ginger? I mean it’s yummy, but a lot goes a long way you know? It seems that I have duplicates of strange spices too– whole cloves, coriander, cumin, curry. Some I’ve combined together, some I’ve decided is too old and thrown away. I’ve transferred most of my loose spices from ziplocs to pretty glass jars: http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Quilted-Jelly-Canning-Case/dp/B000VTSYA8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315424721&sr=8-1
Although I’m already wondering if 12 jars is enough. Being me of course, there are some things that aren’t labeled at all. After intense pondering, I have actually THROWN them away. I know, contain the gasps! Under most circumstances, I would keep these random baggies and hope that someday I would figure out what they are. BUT- new leaf, or at least new spice!
Oh, and I’m already thinking I’d like another one of the spinny thingys for my coffee syrups, etc.
I’ve been eyeing my vitamins next- and I’ve got to tell you, I really need to stop getting on some kick and buying bulk vitamins that lasts only 3 weeks, while the vitamins just sit and stare. Sure, I saved money buying bulk, but if they’re never used, I’ve lost the money anyway. How long are vitamins good for anyway?