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How to Keep Your Spice Drawer Organized

September  1, 2015

It's Storage & Organization Week here at Food52! We're sharing our best tips for keeping your home in tip-top shape.

Today: Bid your teetering spice jars adieu.

The easiest way to make sure you can always find the caraway seeds and the cinnamon never gets pushed to the very back? Empty store-bought spice jars into containers with clear lids. Write the name of the spice on a label, stick the label on the lid, and file your spices away in a shallow drawer. That way, the next time you need to find the allspice, all you'll need to do is take a quick scan of the drawer. (Bonus points for alphabetizing!)

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AntoniaJames September 1, 2015
Highly recommend putting a label on the bottom as well, as once the lids are separated from the container (it happens while cooking!), you'll know which lid goes where. (I will admit though that I do not label many of my spice / herb jars, as I can recognize them by sight and confirm by smell if there's ever any doubt.)

I don't alphabetize, except within categories, using a "Dewey Decimal" approach, instead. It works for me, especially because I don't have a drawer in my tiny kitchen that I can spare for spices, so I have my most-used on double-tiered turntables in a narrow cupboard at arm's reach from my primary work space, and the others in an auxiliary cabinet - a shallow pantry created by putting long cabinet doors over built-in shelves (1920's vintage) in an alcove adjacent to my kitchen. ;o)