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I shared a pictures of my spices after we renovated our kitchen. I soon discovered that keeping spice jars on a side means spices would spill into the drawer. This meant I needed to change all the jars to ones with a proper lid. I am so happy now with how these look.

Jars of Spices

I got these jars from Ikea, they are very cheap, about £2.50 for a set of 2 jars. They are called spice jars and a standard jar from the supermarket fits entirely in one of these. I usually keep some of the spices in bigger bags, especially spices that I use a lot of, such as cumin. The jars can be easily washed by hand or in the dishwasher. I keep all these jars, 36 of them, in a low level drawer underneath the hob, so they are easily accessible. I’ve decided on this before we got the kitchen furniture.

As you can see I like having lots of spices. I will comment on some of these, for example I use Vitamin C as an additive for bread making, this is why it’s near the yeast and the baking powder. The third from the left, top row, is Za’tar, a spice I use often for houmous or falafel. Turmeric, cumin, garlic, lime, sumac, and the herbs are all bought in bags of about 75g-100g. I use them a lot, so it makes sense. Paprika and smoked paprika are also bought in bigger jars and I refill the jars when I need to.


In these jars it’s easy to forget which spice is in which jar, so my husband bought some pens for glass and I used those to write on the jars what is what. These are easy to wash off, so I can change some of the spices with new ones just by washing the jar and rewriting the new label on the jars. That is pretty handy. Also, on the bottom of the jar I would draw a dot if I still have some of the spice for refill and that makes it so much easier to keep track when I’m thinking of what I need to buy next.

Do you have a system for your spices? How many spices to you have/use?

8 Comment

  1. The spice jars look terrific. I really need to do a purge of my old ones. I don’t mind going beyond six months but with some of what I have it’s more like “six months in which year? Or decade!”

  2. Your spice collection is impressive! I have lots of different ones in jars in a rack on the worktop but others in the cupboard. I really love getting my spices and herbs from the Refill shops as they are actually significantly cheaper than from the supermarket (unlike some others things which are more expensive) and you can get as much as you want- I usually get stacks of Smoked paprika and paprika in larger tubs which I decant into my jars. When I was in Cardigan last year, I got so many curry leaves as they are quite expensive when you can actually get them. We get through lots of tumeric, paprika, Marjoram, thyme, oregano and mixed herbs!

  3. Wow, Anca, that is a LOT of spices! How wonderful to have them displayed like that, so easy to see quickly what you need too. And that’s a great idea to write their names on them, so you can easily update or change things as well.

  4. I too, use quite a few different spices in my cooking, although I don’t have such a swish spice rack to store them in. I find that some of the lesser used ones go out of date before I get to use them up, which is a bit disconcerting, given the price of a good brand. Your assortment is awesome! 🙂

    1. Thank you. Mine would go out of date too, so I had to make this drawer into a spice drawer. It’s so handy to have everything on display.
      I sometimes make tea with spices that I’m not using regularly, like star anise and rosemary. With these jars like this, I can wash and fill them with other spices. It’s so handy.

    1. Thank you. I like seeing them like this, it helps me remember some that I don’t use often. You do use quite a lot of spices too.

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