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WHO'S THAT GIRL: A higher education obsessed foodie who is documenting her life in the kitchen. I love to cook delicious, gourmet-style foods for those I love and always welcome a challenge in the kitchen. With that challenge comes an impromptu nature. I tend to avoid following recipes to the exact, so you are not likely to find very many posted here. Being that I am a Libra and am learning to be free in the kitchen, the story always goes, "A pinch of this and a smattering of that!" Thank you for visiting -- and happy reading!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Spice Rack

One of the challenges here has been in arranging my spices. I have entirely too many, yet cannot let any of them go.

I had done the usual -- stuffed them into the overhead cabinets, opting to pick through them to find the ones I needed prior to cooking. It was never a problem, until...

Well, remember when I spilled all of those fresh peppers into the mashed potatoes after my pepper mill had broken in my hands? I had dropped it onto the countertop while going for the Old Bay seasoning, causing it to hit the floor. I didn't realize it was broken.

Then there was that time I was preparing a marinade in the salad bowl my father gave me. It had belonged to his mother, who'd had the bowl for decades. Well, I dropped rosemary -- I believe -- and it hit the rim of the bowl, causing a horrendous chip and a crack that creeps down to the bottom side of the bowl.

ARRGGGHHH!!!

I needed an alternative.

And I've found one. 

Nancy and I were at Michael's getting a gift for her nephew who had just turned 16. The kid is into arts and food -- love him!

Anyway, I was browsing in the basket section in search of something that could neatly contain my spices. I had considered a spice rack, but they seem a waste of space to me. There should be something to do with the void they create.

But I came upon this awesome, non-descriptive but study basket (see left; Alex looks so very amused. Actually, she's annoyed that I am taking pictures and not cooking).

Perfect! I crammed enough spices in the box -- the ones I use more frequently, then packaged the seldom-used ones away in a bag and placed them in a dark, dry space in the house.

So now when I cook, I simply pull out the basket and get what I need and, when finished, slide it back onto the fridge where it now lives. No mess and no danger of a glass spice container careening off of the shelf and into an antique container that has been handed down from my great grandmother.

Sweet.

6 comments:

  1. We struggle with keeping spices organized. Peter gets all exercized when I get them out of alphabetical order (he's visually challenged). Keeping them in the fridge sounds like a excellent idea for preserving freshness, but our fridge real estate is too limited. Oh well, we've muddled through for nearly 3 decades as it is!

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  2. Yes we all have the struggles of how to sore the spices. I like checking out how other store theirs. Nice looking spice box you have there! I have a small older kitchen, actually your stove top looks just like mine! So I don't have any space to spare. I did invest in some stainless steel jars for them, which work really well here in Florida! I'll check out Michael's!

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  3. I buy some common spices (kosher salt, peppercorns, cinnamon, grill seasoning) in bulk and keep the big bottles in a box in the basement.

    For everyday use, I have a magnetic spice rank (kind of like a small bulletin board) mounted over our kitchen sink (it's a blank wall). My spices stick to the wall and stay cool and dry (in spite of the fact that they are near the sink). I refill when necessary.

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  4. Goodness! How long have you had that stove?

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  5. I wish there were more room in the kitchen. But, alas -- no luck. I like the idea of using the magnets, but there are virtually no under hanging areas that are free in the kitchen. *sigh*

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  6. Brilliant idea Keeley! Especially if you tend to cook a lot.

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