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Mar 21, 2011 04:47 PM

Tablefare spice storage system

Does anyone own this Tablefare spice storage system, and if so, what are your thoughts on the product?

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  1. Won't someone with the name of Fatima wants something more traditional like this?

    Also isn't it true that people really into spices do not like plastic containers?

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      chemicalkinetics my dear, of course I have one of those, but not because my name is Fatima :D Those are very good for storing the core masala powders. But what about my loads and loads of other spices? I currently have them in small plastic jars. Yes plastic. But if I can find away to store them more efficiently, I will.

    2. I have been eyeing this thing since December and I finally caved in and bought it. Let me use it for a while and give some more feedback. Here are some initial thoughts in the meanwhile:

      It is beautiful. It looks like something on Star Trek-so mod, clean, and sleek. It just looks like spice efficiency instead of masala jumble chaos. I can't wait to be organized! I am putting it on a lazy susan on my counter top like in the video.

      I typed up the full 45 labels on their downloadable label maker. I cook mostly Indo-Pakistani food, but also lots of other types of food, so I have a need for this type of thing. It is great for spicy people of all sorts.

      Some drawbacks: The screens for shaking spices are really tricky to attach. I already bent one up. There are too many smallest-size containers for my personal cooking needs. I keep most spices in larger quantities than what would fit in the smallest jars. I will have to order some more medium and large. For my usage, I will probably only keep the certain things that must be used fast and ground in tiny quantities- ground green cardamom, ground fennel, etc. I will probably end up repurposing some of the tiny sized containers. Also, my table spoon is too fat to get inside the rimmed lid. I will keep an eye out for a slim tablespoon, and just use a regular baby spoon in the meanwhile (which is what I usually use anyway, but sometimes you need to be precise).

      In the future I hope they make extra large jars for lentils. The largest jars are not large enough for my lentil quantities. I keep my lentils in tupperware in a drawer anyway, but if Tablefare sold extra large ones (like liter) I might buy it to be matchy matchy and efficient, as the pie shape would allow for compact sideways storage with less fumbling than tupperware.

      Purists will be disappointed that the Spicecare jars are plastic, not glass. That is fine by me because I had plastic jars for the 99cents store before and it has never been a problem for me. I get through spices fast enough (so no problem with plastic causing staleness), and only the turmeric and red chile powder jars ever got stained. The Spicecare plastic is a higher quality than my little plastic jars, so we'll see if that staining happens with them, too.

      Anyway, I am thus far happy with my purchase, and I get this sense of kitchen sophistication and spicy delight when I look at my Spicecare system.

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      1. re: luckyfatima

        I picked up this spice rack from Stacks and Stacks - - that I like alot.. I store my spices in an overhead cabinet, and it fits very nicely.

        I get most of my spices from Penzey's, and they have nicely sized small glass containers, so I don't need a separate storage container. For larger quantity things I store, i just use Cambro containers from my local restaurant supply house..

        1. re: grant.cook

          Second this system -- We got a couple to get our spices under control and having them so easily available has been awesome. Not to mention efficiency of space... Now for a counter/tabletop use not so attractive, but they take up one shelf in the cabinet and when the drawer is extended the spices are at eye level. The labels on the front of the drawers help immensely too!

          1. re: grant.cook

            looks good for spices that come in a bottle. I see they have a smaller one (24 bottle fit) which could be useful for my Tony Chachere and McCormick bottles and such.

            1. re: grant.cook

              I know this is an old post, but I've been eyeing the Spice Stack, and I was wondering if it is still working for you. I have all my spices in uniform glass jars, and the amazon reviews talk about how it's a little flimsy for holding glass - people recommend using plastic. Have you had that issue? Is it still holding up well to regular use? Thanks!

              1. re: looz

                I am using the Table Fare system, it suits my needs well.