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Kitchen Spice Racks good for Organizing

Updated on January 17, 2016

Spice Drawer

Variety Is the Spice of Life

We have all heard that old saying. In cooking, that saying is definitely true!

Spices not only entice the tongue to taste unknown dishes but also tickles the nose with promises of things to come.

More than that, they help us remember some of the most precious memories we had tucked away in our brains. The flavor and smell of freshly baked bread or of a hot apple pie that is rich with spices can make a bad day a thing of the past. Homemade ice cream rich with vanilla or chocolate cannot be eaten by store bought.

Spices add fullness and richness to our foods and our lives so store them well on good racks.

Spice Cabinets - Dream or Nightmare

Nicely organized spice cabinet above an appliance garage
Nicely organized spice cabinet above an appliance garage

Counter-top Racks - Given Enough Space

The glass bottles that contain spices are great for holding the freshness in but they take up a huge amount of space if you use a large variety of spices. At one time, part of my counter top looked very much like this picture.

The counter around the stove had the spices that I used in dishes that were cooked on the stove top.The spices that were used in baking were kept over by the appliance garage so every one would be handy where and when they were needed.

It really started to get ridiculous - the counters were filled with spice racks and there was not enough room to cook.

So, something had to change; starting with my attitude of wanting everything at my finger tips, all the time. I learned that counter space was in fact, very dear and needed to be allocated as such.Therefore, I started converting drawer space to spice space - in jars so I can find which spice I looking for very quickly.

Spice Drawer

Don't you love to see the colors that all the different spices have. Sometimes the color is indicative of the flavor - but most of the time it is not. Look at cinnamon - beautiful dark brown but the flavor by itself is bitter. Combine this with other spices or sugar and you have something quite special. I like to use cinnamon with ginger in eggs for breakfast - great flavor and good for you!

By keeping your spices in airtight containers, you keep your spices fresh and you can spot the one you are looking for quickly. This picture is of a drawer that was filled will plastic sealed boxes laid side-by-side. If you have a large drawer that you are willing to dedicate to spices, this could be just the thing for you.

Vertical Spice Drawer

This was another addition that we made in the kitchen. This sliding pantry can hold a large number of bottles or cans of spices.

By putting the most used spices at the top racks, you save your back from too much bending. Retrieving your spices should not be a chore but a pleasure.

This type of cabinet can fit in many different places and can be a counter height or a full height cabinet. The fact that they can be closed and out of the way really is very neat.

One of My Favorite Spice Wall Pictures

I love the idea of taking a plain meal and adding spices that I choose from the beautifully colored wall to add favor and excitement to the meal. By excitement, I do not mean flavors so hot that one's tongue burns for hours afterward; but in stead, I mean flavors that make the tongue dance with pleasure.

The picture of the wall above shows a pantry that has been filled with care and love - shelves holds flavors from far away lands where one must travel into the jungle to gather the spices for the daily meals or just out into your own garden.

Ginger and More Ginger

Frontier Co-op Ginger Root Ground, 1 Pound Bulk Bags (pack of 2)
Frontier Co-op Ginger Root Ground, 1 Pound Bulk Bags (pack of 2)

Ginger is one of the best spices for your health as well as favor - so when I found this on Amazon, needless to say, I was excited! The quality is excellent and the price is outstanding.

 

Luxury Kitchen Ideas

This is one of my favorite sites. I love to spend time in the kitchen, as you might guess, so this site reflects many fo the things we have done over the years. Please visit and enjoy.

A Great Place to Buy Spices in Bulk

I show a couple of examples of bulk spices you can get on Amazon. Many of the spices that I buy are in one pound bags and often they come two bags per sale.If you are interested visit the bulk spice store above. So if you cannot use all of the spice, find a friend or a soup kitchen that can use the spice. I have found that you get one pound for basically the same price as a bottle that contains less than two oz at the store.

I have bought each of these spices and the quality is excellent! Most I have or standing reorder status.

If you use spices, I encourage you to look at Amazon.

For Snickerdoodles

Frontier Natural Products 2305 Cream Of Tartar Powder, 16 oz
Frontier Natural Products 2305 Cream Of Tartar Powder, 16 oz

you need top quality Cream of Tartar, and this fills the bill. My girls love Snickerdoodles - their favorite!

 

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      lucille12 2 years ago

      A few of our absolute favorite kitchen organizers are these.

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      tricomanagement 4 years ago

      @LeeStewart: me too!

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      LeeStewart 4 years ago

      I love being able to keep my spices close at hand and very organized!

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      @livingfrontiers: What fun - a spice rack featured in a movie! Thanks for your comment and time. Blessings are always welcomed.

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      livingfrontiers 5 years ago

      The Kamenstein Spice Rack was featured in the movie AI -Artificial Intelligence. What a beautiful addition it would be!

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      @bjslapidary: Thansk - showing off colors is rather fun kitchen art, don't you think?

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      bjslapidary 5 years ago

      Love these ideas. We have a lot of spices and are organized pretty good, but some of these are pretty cool. Great lens.

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      @hippiechicjewelz: I love cooking with spices and in my present kitchen I have three cabinets filled with them. I find that spice racks of all different shapes and sizes help me. I do keep them organized by region and function.

      Thanks for your comment!

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      hippiechicjewelz 5 years ago

      WOW!!! I am in love with all the spice racks you featured! I think I may just have to break down and purchase one, I love to cook and this lens sparked some great ideas for me to incorporate in my kitchen!

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      @SophiaStar LM: Love the colors - I like simple color for my wals as art and colorful additions add the individual tastes - don't you think?!

      Thanks for the comment and the like

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: My first spice rack I made and it set on the counter - I loved it for many years, but it finally broke down - old age, I guess! LOL! Hope you enjoy yours for as long as I did (apx 25 years)

      Thanks for your time - your face is always welcomed around here'1

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      @CNelson01: Coming from you, CNelson - that is a compliment thank you

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      SophiaStar LM 5 years ago

      Spices are wonderful to not only cook with but as you have shown a great thing to display in your house; keeping them organized of course:)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Great subject. My husband just made a rack for spices that hangs on the inside of a cabinet door.

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      My spices are not so organized....your lens is an inspiration to remedy that.