Having a wide range of spices opens the door to exploring endless culinary dishes. With so many jars sitting around, it can be difficult to find the ones you need while in the middle of cooking — if they are not well organized. When you can’t find the cumin or accidentally add cinnamon instead of chili powder, unorganized spices can really throw a wrench in things. Fortunately, there are a lot of spice storage ideas that can help you bring an end to this cooking chaos. Find out the best ways to organize spices, how to store spices for the best quality, and more with these genius tips and tricks.
Is it Better to Store Spices in Glass or Plastic?
When it comes to storing for best spice quality, many people are unsure if they should be using plastic or glass containers. Both materials are sufficient enough to store them. After all, a lot of spices that are found in the grocery store are sold in plastic containers. However, there is a major difference when maintaining quality is a concern.
Spice containers that are made of plastic are inexpensive, lightweight, and shatterproof compared to their glass counterparts. It may be a tempting choice, especially since so many spices already come in plastic with their own labels. However, plastic spice containers have a number of disadvantages that you may want to consider.
Plastic is a porous material, which means that it does not prevent air from reaching the spices inside. This can cause damage to the spices, meaning they will likely lose their quality by the expiration date, if not before. Additionally, plastic also has leeching tendencies in extreme hot and cold temperatures. If the plastic spice containers become impacted by severe temperatures, it can actually cause small particles to enter into the spices, tainting the product entirely.
Although it is heavier and more easily broken, glass is one of the best ways to store spices because it does not carry the same concerns as plastic. Glass bottles, when used properly, can actually help to extend the shelf life of your spices beyond the expiration date due to the ability to tightly seal and prevent air flow. Not only that, but glass does not have the same leeching issues, so you do not have to worry about it interfering with the flavors or contents of the spices within.
What Spices Should I Put in a Spice Rack?
There is a plethora of spices you can keep in your kitchen. While it may feel like the more you have on hand the better, it can become frustrating to manage all of them when you are unsure of how to organize spices to begin with. This can be even more frustrating if you have limited spice rack space. There are actually some spices that are considered essential and are recommended to always be kept handy including (but not limited to):
- Black Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Red Pepper
- Seasoning Blends
Everyone’s cooking style is different, and so there are likely going to be other spices that you have not included on that basic list. For those who like to be adventurous in their culinary experiences, other popular spices may be used, such as:
- Cajun Blends
If you find that you do not have all of the space you need to store your go-to spices on your current spice rack, it may be time for you to upgrade to a larger, more efficient one from WG Wood Products that will better suit your spice storage needs. Whether you have 15 different spices or 50, a custom-built rack will give you more than enough space.
How do Chefs Organize Spices?
If anyone knows how to categorize spices to maximize efficiency, it’s going to be the experts of the kitchens. Chefs work in the fast-paced food industry, which means that everything must be well-organized and easily accessible at all times during the cooking process. While it may seem a bit extreme to you at first to organize your spices the way the chefs do, you will find it quite helpful in the long run.
One of the best ways to organize spices is by arranging them all in alphabetical order. This may feel like a tall task to complete, especially if you have an extensive collection of spices. However, it will help you save a lot of time and confusion later when you are trying to prepare a meal. Instead of rooting through countless names, you will be able to quickly go to the exact spice you need at a moment’s notice because it will have its very own place in line.
Categorizing your spices by theme is also a popular spice storage idea. For those who prefer to cook meals based on theme such as Italian or Mexican, grouping seasonings together according to cuisine may be more efficient. This way you will be able to grab all of the spices you use for any style of meal in one place instead of searching down the line for them.
A lot of chefs also prefer to keep their favorite and most used spices ahead of the rest of the other spices in their cooking arsenal. This leaves them ready and available whenever they are needed. Alphabetizing and other categorizing methods can then be implemented for the spices that are not so regularly used to help bring some order to them for whenever you are ready to use them.
No matter which way you choose to categorize your spices, be sure to label them accordingly. Labels will be your best friend when it comes to telling one spice from another and saving you a lot of guesswork and mistakes. In addition to labeling each of your individual spices, you can also label under them to indicate any certain categories that particular spices may go in for even deeper organization.
Ordering a customizable spice rack can make a huge difference in your kitchen. No matter the size of your kitchen or the number of spices you have, a customizable spice rack designed by WG Wood Products will allow you the ability to create an efficient way to organize your spices.
Spice Storage Ideas
Now that you have a better idea of where to begin with storing your spices for enhanced quality and efficiancy, you can decide how you would like to keep them neatly organized. Whether you choose to store them on the wall or in a drawer, check out some of the best ways to store spices in your kitchen.
Rounded Drawer Inserts
Those who prefer to store their spices in drawers are in luck. Instead of taking up valuable cabinet space, you can use rounded drawer inserts specifically made to store jars in drawers and prevent them from rolling around.
Floating Wall Shelves
For a simple and easily accessible way to store your spices, consider adding floating wall shelves to your walls. Affordable and easy to install, floating wall shelves can help you organize your spices in a variety of ways, from sweet and savory to the kind of cuisine they are best suited for.
Hanging Spice Rack
Have you run out of space in your cabinets and drawers? That empty space under your cabinets can be put to good use after all. Adding hooks along the underside of your upper cabinets and selecting spice jars that have the ability to be hung could be the simple solution you have been looking for.
Revolving Countertop Spice Rack
A lot of people prefer to keep their spices on the counter, making revolving spice racks quite popular. While the spinning aspect makes it easy to access the spices you need, they don’t provide as much capacity compared to other spice storage options, making them a good choice for those with a limited spices. Lazy Susans can also offer the same sort of accessibility.
Storing your spices inside a cabinet is always an option. However, a lot of people tend to struggle with being able to properly see the labels. Adding a tiered shelf organizer to your cabinet will allow your spices to sit at different levels, making it easier for you to see what you have available for your next cooking adventure.
Adding strong magnetic strips to your spice jars will instantly give you the option to store your spice jars on your fridge or even on a mounted metal plate. Many people find this option to not only be space-saving, but it also adds a unique way to store all of the spices you like to use in your dishes.
Keep Your Kitchen Organized with WG Wood Products
WG Wood Products knows that when things are neatly organized in your kitchen, you enjoy the cooking experience much more.That is why we provide a number of wooden spice racks to choose from.
All of our spice racks allow you to clear countertops, drawers, and cabinets of spices, opening them up for other important things you may need to store in your kitchen. Do you feel like your kitchen could simply use an upgrade? Selecting one of our spice racks can help you instantly elevate the decor in your kitchen and help you feel more organized at the same time. Explore the main designs that we create to learn more about the quality WG Wood Products spice racks have to offer you.
Wall-Mounted Spice Racks
If you have limited counterspace but ample wall space, a wall-mounted spice rack could be the ideal choice for you to organize and store your spices. WG Wood Products offers wall-mounting racks that can be placed on your wall or even on the inside or outside of your cabinetry. Available in any size you want, wooden wall-mounted spice racks are the ideal solution for storing a wide range of spices.
In-The-Wall Spice Racks
If you really lack space and need room for all of your spice collection, WG Wood Products offers quality in-the-wall racks. These racks can be custom-made for the size you need and are inserted into the wall, mounting flush in the front. That means that your spice rack will add to your efficiency in the kitchen without taking up any more space, making it the perfect spice storage choice.
All of the spice rack options available at WG Wood Products offer:
From start to finish, we allow you to choose from a seemingly endless number of potential design combinations to help you find the spice rack of your dreams. This custom design includes spice cabinet size, frame, door style, and finish — every detail you need to create the perfect design for your home.
All of our spice rack products are proudly made in the USA with solid wood that must meet strict quality standards. All of our products are built by hand and are further enforced with concealed screws for durability and reliability for many years to come. Our custom-built spice racks as also a beautiful way to enhance the storage spaces in your home and can be installed quickly and easily.
Not only are all of our products hand made with the highest quality of wood available, but we take it even further to give you the best value. Orders over $50 receive free shipping, no matter the size, weight, or dimensions of the product. We will also cover any shipping costs with the purchase of a built-in wall spice rack.
We understand the need for speedy deliveries. That is why our skilled craftspeople move quickly to build and ship most orders within 30 days or less.
Unmatched Customer Service
At WG Wood Products, we take pride in providing all of our customers with the best customer service experience imaginable. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will take the time to work with you and help you create the best spice rack for your kitchen. We will listen to your wants and needs, offer suggestions, and help you feel confident in the design you have chosen.
WG Wood Products manufactures high-quality, custom wood storage solutions. Whatever you may need to organize and store in your home can be done with any one of our superior wooden products. In addition to spice racks, we offer other storage options including:
- Bathroom Storage & Organization Cabinets
- Medicine Cabinets
- Recessed Wall Niches
- Pantry Cabinets
- Frameless Pantry Cabinets
- Wooden Magazine Racks
- Over-the-Toilet Cabinets
- Floating Wall Shelves
- and so much more!
All of our products are fully-customizable, making them the perfect choice for any home design. Whether you want to match the flooring or already existing cabinetry, we will have the right look for you. With nearly 20 years of experience in creating custom wood products, we know how to help you find the right products that will not only help your home look its best but provide you with the storage solutions you need to make life easier. WG Wood Products offers our products to a variety of industries including:
- Apartment Living
- Assisted Living
- and more
To find the best storage solutions for every room in your home, contact us at WG Wood Products today!