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Jul 3, 2012 07:50 PM

Small jars for spices, what sizes work best?

While the magnetic tins look cool, they're just too expensive for me to buy enough of them.

So I was thinking of ordering some of those really small glass bottles that hotels have with jam in them.

I'm looking on Amazon and I see 1oz, 1.5oz, 2oz..... 4oz is the size of a baby food jar.

Wondering what size would be best? 1oz seems pretty small, just 6 teaspoons... Easiest thing to order I guess too, I can get 60 of them (with jam!) for ~$30.

Then there's empty scientific type glass bottles I see here, 2oz jars, $24 for 24 of them.

Maybe the baby food sized jars are best though?

Any recommendations?

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  1. Penzy's is a spice seller. They have some information about containers and quantities.

    Spices "expire", how much of each spice do you use, or does it matter if the spice is fresh?

    1. It really depends on the quantity of spice you are buying. If you are buying store bought "glass jars" of the national brands, why don't those work for you?

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      1. re: Sid Post

        I figured I would keep a quantity in jars in an available and organized way, and then keep the leftovers from the larger bags stored out of my kitchen. It's out, of, control... :) I'll look at small mason jars before I order something, I was just thinking straight sided would mean more efficient organization etc. Square would be best, because they're the most efficient space wise, and you can level off a measuring spoon on the side of the jar.

      2. I don't think one size fits all. It all depends on the spices you're storing and the quantities you typically use. Whole nutmeg, for example will need a larger jar than saffron. I use Mason jars in sizes ranging from 4-ounces to 16 ounces for some spices. I also buy separate one-piece plastic lids, rather than using the 2-piece ring/lids that come with the jars.

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        1. re: CindyJ

          Yeah good points, and I never thought about unground spices... I'll have to go through my spices and see what ones I want to keep "on hand" in jars and plan for each one I suppose.

          I was thinking I'd keep a couple of baskets with small jars in them for each type of cuisine. So keep my indian spices together, chinese, my bbq rubs, etc.

          Good thinking on the one piece tops, that will save a lot of aggravation thanks!

        2. I like jars about the size that pimentos come in because they are wide enough I can grab a pinch of whatever it is.

          1. I primarily use 8 ounce mason jars, kept in a drawer, like this:

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            1. re: jljohn

              Wow, jljohn, I would love to have that spice drawer. Envious big time here :-). I buy my spices in bulk from Atlantic Spice, and have been keeping the bags in a 4-drawer rolling cart in my kitchen, but I love this idea for easy access.

              1. re: cndij

                Yea, that was a solution born out of necessity. Years ago, we kept spices in their original containers in a large basket. But as that overflowed, we needed another solution, and we had way too many for any spice rack. Small mason jars were the cheapest solution, so I bought four dozen. But they really only work well on small shelves or in a drawer like this. In our old place, I had them all stacked in a cabinet, and it was a pain and hazard (picture spice jars tumbling to the counter as I rummaged around for what I needed). I have long thought about making a little 'bookcase' for them--something that I could mount on the wall in the kitchen that would hold about 60 jars and only stick out about 4 inches from the wall--but for now the drawer works great!