If you have followed me for a while, you know that I do a quick dinner recipe once a week. So, my herbs and spices are key for keeping my space organized when cooking. This post will show tips on organizing herbs and spices to speed up your cooking and reduce the cost of accidently buying more spices than you already have. Then, check out my video of organizing my herbs and spices areas. Yes, I have more than one. And lastly, I share with you my favorite checklists (I made) over the years to help me keep track of my spices and herbs.
- The most effective way to organize herbs and spices
- How should I organize the jars in my herbs and spices area?
- What Herbs and Spices Organizers should I use?
- How I organized my herbs and spices
- Two Types of Herbs and Spices Checklists
- One Complete Checklist for keeping track of herbs and spices
- Checklist for organizing different areas of herbs and spices
The most effective way to organize herbs and spices
Before organizing your herbs and spices, determine if anything has expired, lost flavor, or changed colors. Herbs and spices last about 6 months. The whole spices in your pantry usually last for up to five years. While you can use them, they will not give you the same taste as if they were fresher.
Find your own herbs and spices system.
Now that you have organized your herbs and spices, it's time to figure out your system. Do you prefer to have all the spices and herbs in one place? Do you prefer to have them separated into sections like frequently used, not used as much, and only used for baking? If you use several spices for a particular cooking type and make it often, you probably want them to stay together.
Herbs can be divided by ethnic styles of foods and frequency of use.
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Find your easy-to-access cabinets and drawers.
When finding a place to organize your herbs and spices, pinpoint the cabinets, and drawers, around your stove for easy access. The easiest method to reach should be the one with the most frequently used things. Some areas that work for spices and herbs are darker areas that are not too hot. Drawers, behind the cabinet door, or cabinets work nicely.
Same-size jars work best when organizing herbs and spices.
While I love the look of exactly the space-size glass jars for my herbs and spices, I don't want to spend more money on these items. When buying my herbs and spices, I like to keep them with the same few brands to know they will fit where I store them. Sticking with small or standard-size jars keeps them fresh and used before they go bad. Buying too large of a bottle will make it difficult to store it in your newly organized areas.
How should I organize the jars in my herbs and spices area?
You can organize your spices and herbs in alphabetical order. Making sure the jars are not blocking one another works well too. Keep away from direct sunlight to protect them from drying out too quickly.
If you feel that you don't need to organize it in ABC order, you can organize them by task or group by items you use. Examine how you use your spices to determine your order.
What Herbs and Spices Organizers should I use?
There are various types of herbs and spices organizers in the marketplace. Do your research on what you are looking for and where you will be placing these herbs and spices. Measuring the opening and the depth of the cabinet will help you determine the dimensions of the correct size herb/spice organizer you need.
For drawers, be sure to check the clearance of the opening. Some drawer organizers are too tall and may not fit the jars and the organizer. Check out my post for these drawers to help you with this situation. I had this exact problem when I organized my new kitchen cabinet drawer.
Don't limit yourself to one type of organizer if you have different areas you want to store these items. Your baking spices could be stored in a bin, while the other larger containers may be stored on a tier shelving system. Some also can be pulled out or placed in a drawer for easy access. The sky is the limit!
I have used them all, and my favorite organizers are the pull-out organizer, tiered type, so I can see all the labels. I also like the ones that are minimal for the drawer. Feel free to check out my DIY post where I share my drawer of spices/herbs.
Below are some options I found on Amazon (affiliate).
You can purchase organizers at Target, Walmart, The Container Store, Amazon, Home Depot, and Lowes, to name a few.
How I organized my herbs and spices
I made this video that hopefully helps you get inspired to organize herbs and spices. I go through my kitchen and talk about how and why I organized it the way I did. Please be gentle; I haven't made a video in a few years. Time of video: 3 minutes and 22 seconds
First, I divided the video, starting with frequently used herbs and spices to less frequently used ones.
If you don't want to watch the video, here is what I talked about.
Frequently Used Herbs and Spices Items.
I stored my frequently used items on the right side of my range in the upper cabinet. This cabinet houses all the larger container spices, herbs, salt, and pepper I use. It's the go-to cabinet for those quick weeknight meals when I need to make something in 20 minutes. This happens at least 3-4 times each week.
Then I talked about the frequently used drawer cabinet. This drawer has only frequently used smaller bottles of herbs and spices. It's a tiered drawer organizer that sits in the drawer so you can see all the herbs and spices at a glance. Note: I updated this organizer recently because it was too big for my cabinet when I reorganized their cabinet.
The second area for Organizing Herbs and Spices!
The next area I discuss is the spices and herbs I use less frequently. These herbs are usually rotated and cleared out every few months. I use the regular bottles from the store and store them in ABC order. This organizer is a pull-out drawer that leans forward so you can see all the items. It's pretty sturdy and can withstand a lot of wear and tear.
Baking areas where I store spices for baking only.
Then I talked about an area in my baking cabinet that houses the spices and other things to use for baking. These items are most infrequently used since I am not a baker. I make too much of a mess, my husband says. LOL
Two Types of Herbs and Spices Checklists
I am a big fan of checklists; these below helped me keep my herbs and spices organized over the years.
One Complete Checklist for keeping track of herbs and spices
If you are looking for a checklist to help you maintain your herbs and spices, here's a handy one I created to keep all your herbs and spices organized.
Checklist for organizing different areas of herbs and spices
You can try this checklist if you have different areas where you store your herbs and spices. I give you space for everything, and you can even track the areas. Click here to read more on how to use this checklist for organizing the different locations.
And, of course, there is a second page. LOL
I hope this helps you get your herbs and spices organized. It sure helped me! Now it's your turn. Do you have lots of herbs and spices? How do you organize them? I would love to hear from you. I would appreciate you visiting my YouTube channel, subscribing, and giving a thumbs up to this video. Till next time, happy cooking!
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