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Sep 23, 2011 04:30 AM

Spice Storage Ideas Photos

How about some pictures of those great ideas???? I am a VISUAL person!!!

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  1. Here's the roll-out next to my cooktop:

    The cheap generic jars are filled from bulk Penzey orders and are alphabetized and IDed on their shelves for quick selection:

    The jars are held in place with cheap CD storage bins I got at Target. The bins sit conveniently on top of the roll out when they're needed:

    I can get 54 jars in a compact space that way and still have a bit of room left over for various and sundry things like a grinder. The bins also keep them secure so nothing shifts around when the roll out is in motion.

    In my baking area I have a separate group of spices:

    That bin sits on a shelf in a cabinet above my baking counter. What fits perfectly in that particular bin is the square jars that Whole Foods uses for their house brand. I buy their jar once and refill from Penzey bulk orders:

    I've had this system in place for about 3 years and it's worked wonderfully. Good luck with your system!

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    1. re: rainey

      awesome! love the metal and plastic bins that lift out to and from the roll-out or baking station - thanks for the pix!

      1. re: rainey

        Love, love that roll out!! It would be very high up on my wish list.

        1. re: Mother of four

          It *is* a wonderful thing. I waited some 40 years to get the kitchen of my dreams and now I *thoroughly* enjoy working in it!

        2. re: rainey

          I totally love this and the pattern on your floor is SO cool! I want a rollout when I land in my dream home and kitchen! BTW, I keep my baking spices/extracts/cocoa separate, too.

          1. re: rainey

            Please, please tell me where you purchased the roll out! I love this!!

            1. re: Justmermp

              I wonder if it's helpful to know that it was part of the cabinet arrangement we planned when we redid our kitchen. It's just a big horizontal box on heavy duty slides. Ours cabs were custom but I'm pretty sure all the pre-mades include something like it. But I'm not sure how you'd add it to existing cabs... Someone might have a good suggestion.

          2. Here's my self-made system, rather rustic but effective:

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            1. re: Bada Bing

              That is also a wonderful storage all I have to do is find a door!!!

            2. I put my spices in 8 oz. to-go containers and label them with a sharpie. They stack 6 high on my shelves, and I can go 2 deep.

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              1. re: inaplasticcup

                Your Chowhound name is clearly apt....I'd take an approach like this but then where do you store/organize the larger containers? That's my issue; I'll buy stuff then realize later that I already have it. Last time I did this it was cardamom, discovered after expensive purchase and using just a pinch that I had a whole container from which I'd previously taken just a pinch. I mean how much cardamom can one use?! Only if it was a large quantity of saffron would I be more annoyed.

                1. re: Niblet

                  I too am waiting for that answer!! ;) I either have run out or I am overdosed!

              2. Thanks everyone for the wonderful pictures! I have lots of ideas swirling thought my head!
                Thanks again!!!

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                1. re: gginkansas

                  I use the Spice Stack system. It's perfect for my needs. I use Penzeys herbs and spices in two sizes and all fit perfectly.


                  1. re: wvgardener

                    I love it! I think I will need two of them! Thanks for the link!!!!!

                    1. re: gginkansas

                      If you have a BB&B near you they are now carrying them. I have two of them and think they are fabulous . You can use the jars that you already have, plus you can buy plastic jars that fit. They don't seem too strong, but I have had them for a year, and so far so good.
                      I believe the small one is $25 there and you can use your 20% off coupon...a good deal.

                      1. re: Mother of four

                        Mine is the 11 inch wide one. I've had it for at least 3 years and it's held up well. Penzey's changed to glass instead of plastic for the smallest size but the extra weight doesn't seem to affect it. Just don't jerk the drawer out hard or fast and all will be well.

                2. Here's my magnetic system -- ground spices on one pantry door, whole on the other.

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                  1. re: ellabee

                    Great system ellabee. may I ask where you got the magnetic strips? Thanks

                    1. re: sharkfin

                      The strips [and much else, though I only got strips there] are from In case you haven't see it, there's another spice system thread, where the nuances of this and other approaches are explored:

                      1. re: ellabee

                        thank you very much for the links. I see a project in my future.