I buy my spices in bulk, since they are much cheaper that way.
I also like never running out of favorites like cumin, cinnamon, and garlic powder. I used to put them in pint size jars, but that took up so much room in my china cabinet, and I had to move them all out of the way to find the one that I wanted that was usually in the back of the shelf. It wasn’t easy to find some of our “less used” spices, and I would often forget that I had them, and run out and buy more. Since I follow a “6 month shelf life” rule on spices, having several cups of white pepper is not a good idea.
So, with some help from my local dollar store, I found some toddler snack holders that were 5 for $1 and got to work and here’s my “How to Organize Bulk Spices”
I originally tried for separating them out in colors,
like baking would go in pink cups, savory in green, spices for mixes in blue, less common in yellow…but as you can see that really didn’t work out very well for me. But, I have them stored in the cabinet drawer and the spice I want is much easier to locate.
Plus, the larger measuring spoons are easier to use since I don’t have to tip the jar to get the correct amount the first time. And the ability to take the cups to the store with me to fill them up is a plus since I don’t have to use a plastic bag or buy the jars anymore.
Win win! And, I can put my glass pint jars back in the glasses cabinet for drinking out of until the next jam and jelly canning season!
So, that’s my spice drawer now…all neat and organized 🙂
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.