A quick and easy way to make your kitchen easier to navigate is to organize your spice drawer. These six quick steps will have your spices organized and labeled for under $25!
I’ve always struggled with having an organized spice drawer. When I first had my own place I had them all randomly placed in a cupboard where you could only see the label of the ones at the front.
As my cooking skills grew and I accumulated more spices I knew that I needed a new system, so in a terrible DIY attempt I put them all in miniature mason jars with chalkboard labels on top. Except I didn’t have enough mason jars and for whatever reason I didn’t order more. So at this point I had partial mini mason jars with labels and partial spices in their original jars that rolled around my drawer.
I had this terrible partial system until recently, when I reached my limit. It was time to update this small, out-of-sight drawer in my kitchen once and for all.
BUY NEW SPICE JARS
It’s pretty simple – buy new spice jars. I was so excited to find these jars on Amazon for under $25. They’re square, so they wouldn’t roll in the drawer, there are 24 in a box, and they came with a funnel and 340 labels. 340! That include blanks so you can make your own label if you need to. I had to hand label my Everything Bagel seasoning and Lawry’s Seasoning Salt.
INVENTORY YOUR CURRENT SPICES
Next, you’re going to want to go through your existing spices. You’re likely to have some expired spices that you’ll want to throw away. Expired spices aren’t bad for you at all, but they expire because they’ve lost their flavor. This is the exact opposite of what spices are supposed to do – elevate the flavors in your dish.
You may have duplicate spices that you can combine. I know I had multiples of cinnamon, turmeric and chili powder that I was able to combine into one new jar. And I’ve had some jars that had barely any left that I knew I could pitch because if I needed that spice I would buy a new one.
CLEAN YOUR DRAWER
This is a great time to wipe your drawer out. You likely have a few lose spices floating around that need to wiped out, so use this opportunity to clean your drawer.
OPTIONAL: LINE YOUR DRAWER
If you’d like to line your drawer and protect the bottom of your drawer now is a convenient time to line your drawer. Personally, I don’t line my drawer since my jars are closed, however this really is a personal preference decision.
TRANSFER SPICES TO YOUR NEW JARS AND LABEL
Now the fun part – transferring your spices to your new jars! The funnel that comes with these spices jars is incredibly handy. It washes out and dries quickly between spices and it’s nice that you don’t have to separately order a funnel.
When labelling I always kept a previous jar out so that I could place my label at the same level on all of the jars. I prefer a uniform placement so everything lines up and this was very easy to do.
And last but not least, organize your jars. I prefer my spices to be alphabetical and suspect that I’m in the majority, however if you have another method to organizing than of course by all means use that. What is easiest for you to grab the spices you need when you need them.
Congratulations – you now have an organized spice drawer! You can easily find your spices when you need them and see when you need to replace those cooking favorites.