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Kitchen Spice Racks

Updated on February 3, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Remember those huge kitchen spice racks that hung on the wall of Grandmother's kitchen? Well, they are back in vogue.

There is a new trend due in large part to rising food prices. People are returning to the kitchen. Cooking is in the upswing and people aren't just cooking hamburger helper. They are experimenting with unusual recipes and spices that they have not tried before. So, as your cooking expertise as well as your spice collection increases there is only one thing to do. Get a great spice rack.

A spice rack is a great way to add both beauty and function to your kitchen. There are so many different designs to choose from that it can be almost impossible to pick just one. There are hundreds of different designs, colors, and types. You also have the option of choosing form vintage or antique spice racks and brand new ones. Each has its own charm.

Spice racks help to keep the spices organized, fresh, and true to their own flavors. Spices that are not stored properly can exchange flavors and be ruined.

Whole nutmeg has the best flavor
Whole nutmeg has the best flavor | Source

Types of Spice Racks

There are a number of different types of spice racks, more than can listed. The come in all types, shapes, and sizes to fit any ktichen décor. Some of the different types of spice racks are:

  • Cabinet door spice racks
  • Under cabinet spice racks

  • Antique spice racks

  • Hanging spice racks

  • Wood spice racks

  • Magnetic spice racks

  • Wall mounted spice racks

  • Zero gravity spice racks

  • Carousel spice racks
  • In drawer spice racks
  • Vintage spice racks


Vintage and Antique Spice Racks

Some of the most popular vintage spice racks are the milk glass spice jars with colored aluminum tops that were popular from the late 1800s to the 1940s. These white jars generally had some sort of decal on the fronts as decoration. They fit into a simple wire rack and were labeled with the name of the spice.

The milk glass jars with red tops are especially popular but there are other colors including:

  • Black
  • Teal
  • Blue
  • Yellow

Some of the most popular manufacturers were Griffith and Tipp with these selling for premium prices on eBay and in the antique stores. It is not unusual to see a full set of these, in good condition sell for $100.00. One of the most popular label designs is a blue silhouette dutch couple on milkglass spice jars with red tops. Full sets of these, in excellent condition, command top prices.

There were also specialty ceramic spice racks coming out of Japan. The jars were ofen figural, looking like chickens, books, or other items.

Another popular type of vintage kitchen spice racks became popular in the 1950s. Made of aluminum, these spice jars often had bakelite tops and matched canister sets.

By the 1960s manufacturers were using spice bottles that looked like vitamin bottles, with glass stoppers. These can be purchased very inexpensively.

Modern Spice Racks

Modern spice racks come in many different types. Some of them are retro to fit a country or primitive décor while others are very sleek and modern. Some aren't meant to be seen at all but fit in drawers or under cabinets.

If you are in a wheelchair then consider the best type of spice rack for you. It will need to be easily acessible. Door mounted and in drawer spice racks may not be the best because of the difficulty getting to them. Carousel types the sit on the counter may be your best option.

In Drawer Spice Rack

This kitchen spice rack is made to fit in the kitchen drawer. There are twelve bottles which you can label with the spices you choose. Clear labels are included with this.

The in drawer spice racks are great because they keep the spices out of sunlight which helps them to last longer. They are conveniently in the drawer anytime you need them without cluttering the kitchen or using valuable counterspace.

Zero Gravity Spice Rack.  Image courtesy of
Zero Gravity Spice Rack. Image courtesy of

Zero Gravity Spice Rack

If you have a preference for the sleek and modern zero gravity spice racks are a sophisticated way to keep your spices handy.

It is magnetic and allows you to keep your spices attached to the top or floating in air on the bottom. Windows in the sides allow you so see what you have, and how much. The top is easily operated, just push to pour or sprinkle the spices out.

Because of the sleek design the zero gravity spice rack is easy to keep clean.

Door Mount Spice Racks

Door mount spice racks fit on the inside of pantry doors. This makes them easy to access while at the same time keeping them out of the way. They have the same benefit as in drawer spices in that they are protected from sunlight which can cause the herbs and spices to go stale and lose potency.

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Filling the Spice Rack

There are many spices to choose from when it comes to filling your spice rack. There are certain spices that nearly everyone uses but you should just keep the spices that you use most often. Spices are best bought somewhere where you can buy them from bulk bins, just getting what you will use in three to six months. After this the herbs and spices quickly lose flavor and potency.

Some herbs and spices to consider for your kitchen spice rack are:

  • Black Pepper
  • Nutmeg
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Cloves
  • Thyme
  • White Pepper
  • Allspice
  • Nutmeg
  • Cumin
  • Ginger
  • Parsley
  • Chipotle
  • Chile
  • Red Pepper
  • Sesame Seed
  • Cilantro
  • Herbes de Provence
  • White pepper
  • Pink pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Cinnamon
  • Mustard

When you have plenty of fresh spices you can create a wode variety of dishes in a short time.

Whichever spice rack you choose learn to use and enjoy the wide variety of spices that are available.


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      louromano 6 years ago

      Awesome recipe. I will be using this hub in the coming week. Good stuff

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      Tracie 6 years ago

      I am trying to find replacement seals for my milk glass spice jars... the old seal measures 1 1/4" on one side and 1" on the other. the depth is just under 1/2"... Can anyone help me?

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      kitchen island designs 7 years ago

      I just bought a zero gravity spice rack and I wish I had bought one earlier. It makes cooking so much easier than digging around for a spice. Again thanks for providing some good information.

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      Spice Rack 7 years ago

      I like the Zero Gravity Spice Rack, It is definitely one of a kind.Perfect for my stainless steel kitchen ware concept. Nice Hub!

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      askjanbrass 8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Nice info.. in your Hub.


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      USAPoolToy 8 years ago from Florida

      Useful article..


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      Wall Spice Racks 8 years ago

      Thanks for giving out some useful information. Many people don't realize that there are many options when choosing a spice rack. I just bought a zero gravity spice rack and I wish I had bought one earlier. It makes cooking so much easier than digging around for a spice. Again thanks for providing some good information.


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