by Kate Steadman
Pre-Christmas, I suggested buying spices for foodie friends as holiday gifts because they don’t take up as much space as other gadgets and are likely to be used. I guess my mom was reading (Hi, Mom!) because this was one of my gifts from Santa:
But there’s one problem: how do you store all those spices in a closet-sized kitchen??
Melissa of the Traveler’s Lunch Box writes: “The problem was – and still is, as far as I can tell – that people who design spice racks aren’t actually people who cook.” Nodding my head in vigorous agreement, I present my current spice arrangement:
This is v.3 in a little over a year. Sure, the mounted spice rack provides ease of use, but it hardly holds the essentials. The spice “cabinet” is a pitiful mess full of oddly-shaped jars, packets and boxes, plus Kay’s spinning spice rack, which must be in a cabinet to preserve our teensy counter space.
The initial problem remains: we simply have too many spices, even for a spinning rack, shelf, and 3 shelf rack. Add in my present, and well, it’s getting beyond hectic.
Melissa has an elegant recommendation: a wooden printer’s tray with slots just the right size to hold 4 inch spice containers. This looks time-consuming to implement, but worthwhile if your spice collection is growing at an exponential pace like the Cabana’s.
I installed the latest spice arrangement within the last two months, so I’ll probably suffer a bit longer before I grudgingly move on to v.4. Of course, the New Year itch might provoke action sooner…