Have you ever reached into the back of your spice cabinet for the cumin and knocked over every jar in front of it? Me too. Has the same thing happened when rummaging for condiments in the fridge? Same. If the regularity of this frustrates you like it did me, you’ll be happy to hear I’ve found the perfect solution—and her name is lazy Susan.
The lazy Susan (neither lazy nor sluggish) is a turntable or rotating tray that has evolved into its current iteration over many years. It all began with a wheeled serving device called a dumbwaiter that Thomas Jefferson introduced to the United States after living in France. In the 1950s, the lazy Susan surged in popularity when it became the centerpiece of Chinese-American restaurants thanks to engineer, soy sauce mogul, and restaurateur George Hall, who installed revolving tabletops at Johnny Kan’s in San Francisco. The storied spot inspired countless others to spin Peking duck and fried rice around the table for facilitated dining.
While plenty of Chinese-American restaurants around the country still serve meals on lazy Susans and artisanal versions are used in homes for entertaining, I’d argue that these turning trays have a higher purpose: to improve your kitchen life instantly and significantly.
Allow me to introduce you to this small, plastic lazy Susan that will organize all the jars in your spice cabinet, pantry, or refrigerator. It lets you place your most used spices or condiments in areas that are facing forward for easy, grabbable access, yet when you need the less frequented items, they’re just a swift swivel away. Imagine a life in which there are no knocked over jars, no spills, and no cracks.
Once you’re convinced of this genius hack, a whole world of organizational lazy Susans will open right up. From a divided lazy Susan with dedicated sections, to a non-skid version so jars can’t slide around, and a double decker lazy Susan with two tiers for optimizing storage, you’ll be able to customize your lazy Susan experience to best serve your needs. Need I say more?
What tricks do you use to organize your pantry like a chef? Tell us in the comments below!
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