[Sca-cooks] spice storage
lilinah at earthlink.net
Tue Nov 7 13:57:08 PST 2006
>I need a better storage solution for my spice cabinet. I have square glass
>jars, plastic Penzey's bags, bags from the Indian grocery store, small
>plastic jars (Penzey's and otherwise), large Penzey's glass jars, and a
>few random boxes, all overflowing the cabinet and gradually taking over
>that corner of the counter as well.
>The people who design spice racks have no comprehension of how large one's
>seasoning collection can be.
>What do other people do to keep their herbs &
>spices in order?
I got a couple inexpensive ugly plastic two-tiered lazy susans
(Rubbermaid?) many many many years ago.
One is for spices. The second is for herbs and other seasonings. When
i buy seasonings from a bulk source, i transfer it into a
On the Spice lazy susan, those in standardized containers are on the
bottom shelf in alphabetical order. If i have a spice in two forms
(e.g., whole and ground), one container is pushed back into the
center behind the other. The top shelf is for spices in odd shaped
containers or those too large to fit on the bottom, also in
Then there's Herb and Other lazy susan. I just don't use as many
different herbs as i do spices. And besides, herbs are better fresh,
so these turn over more quickly. Again, standard containers on the
bottom, odd or oversize on the top. Again in alphabetical order. But
since there's lots of left over space, i also have on this lazy susan
things like 2 or three different kinds of Southeast Asian shrimp
paste (Thai, Singapore, and Malay), tamarind paste from India, dried
fruit seeds, bottles of flavorings and extracts, etc.
I keep the lazy susans side by side in a nice dark cabinet,
preferably not on the south/sunny side of the kitchen.
Because i buy spices for feasts, i have some larger bags of spices. I
keep each as tightly sealed as i can, and put it in a ziploc bag, and
if i have several smaller bags of the same spice, i put them together
in a larger ziploc bag. I tend to put the ziploc bag into a second
ziploc bag to keep the spices a bit fresher. I label the outer ziploc
bag and stash them behind the lazy susans.
For events, i don't yet have a perfect solution. Currently i use a
small wooden box made like a crate, and apparently intended to hold
CDs in their "jewel cases". I can fit three somewhat standardized
glass spice bottles side by side widthwise, and six bottles
lengthwise, for a total of 18. All bottles are labeled with white
stickers on which i've written the name of each spice, and where i
can find it an herb, in Arabic. The other herbs are labeled in
English. Again, any odd shaped containers get piled on top of the
I keep this inside my canvas pavilion, and if it's hot, i cover it
with something for insulation so it stays out of the light and
I'd love to find small ceramic containers - with "Middle Eastern"
type patterns on them and the names in Arabic and with tops that seal
tightly enough - to take to events.
Urtatim (that's err-tah-TEEM)
the persona formerly known as Anahita
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