Even if you have a spice cabinet in your home, storing lesser used spices can pose a problem. All of those little bottles with similar appearance can be hard to sort through, especially if your cabinet is deep. Because I have this type of cabinet in my house, I have a found a work around for storing my spice bottles that I don’t use as often.
No, that’s not the before picture where I then show you some alphabetically ordered spice rack. This is actually my solution. But, hear me out on this for a minute before you scoff.
I used to use a shelf that I could reach in my spice cabinet for all of these things, as well as some other things. This left me with a shelf that I couldn’t reach for things that I sometimes needed more frequently, plus the need to move all of these bottles and containers every time I needed to find one of them. Sure, sometimes I might be lucky and find paprika right up front. Other things, it might be all the way in the back. Once I found the item I needed, I had to put all of those bottles and containers back into my spice cabinet.
Finally one day, in frustration for having searched through that messy shelf one too many times, I dumped all of the spices and other assorted similar things into a basket. I picked a basket that could comfortably fit on the top shelf of my spice cabinet. You know, that shelf that I mentioned that I can’t reach. I can, however, reach well enough to just grab this basket to pull it down and look through it.
While it doesn’t look very organized (and it’s not), it saves me a ton of time and space. I now know that most of my spices and similar items (such as sesame seeds, poppy seeds, a tiny bottle of chili oil, the small bottle of vanilla that I reuse for things like camping and just fill from my larger bottle that sits elsewhere in the cabinet, etc.) are all in that basket. I may have to dig around in the basket a little bit, but once I find what I need, I can quickly just dump everything back in to the basket and slide the basket back onto the top shelf.
Even if you don’t have a spice cabinet, this basket solution can be great for keeping spices and other small items together in a pantry or other kitchen area.
What about you – do you have a spice rack? How do you store your spices and other small containers in the kitchen?