Simple Solutions for Spice Storage

Cumin gone missing? Can’t find the thyme? Whether you’re the occasional omelette-maker or the resident chef, it’s helpful to have your herbs and spices right where you can find them. Here are a few simple ideas to help bring order to these cooking essentials–and give your cardamom a rightful home.

Above: If you have a smaller kitchen space, the spice drawer may trump the spice rack. As evidenced here, these Ikea jars stack neatly on top of one another; the glass tops make it easy to identify ingredients; Dropper Jars, $9.99 each at Ikea.

Above: In this kitchen by Portland, Oregon-based architect Paul McKean, circular magnetic spice racks attach to the wall, allowing for more counter room and quick access to seasoning.

Above: Art and practicality: These spices neatly suspended from the wall lend a colorful note to the kitchen. Photo of Allen Hamberger’s home via Design Sponge.

Above: Available in a wide range of sizes, German-made Weck Jars are a great option for stacking and storing any food essentials. The retro-style clips offer air-tight keeping, while an appealing design makes them display-worthy; Labeled herbs (left) $8 each at Terrain; Storage jars (right) prices and sizes vary at Heath Ceramics.

For more ideas on kitchen organization, visit Remodelista’s posts Open Rail Storage System, Kitchen Tool Organizers and Unpackaged in Clerkenwell.



Past Member
Past Member 2 years ago

I sent your articles links to all my contacts and they all adore it including me.

Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay K4 years ago

Neat ideas! I use a couple of turntables in my cupboards.

Alicia N.
Alicia N5 years ago

Cool! Thank U

Rita White
Rita White5 years ago


Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

thanks for sharing

Dale Overall

One can buy small glass jars for a dollar each at the local version of the dollar store if not using small recycled glass bottles from small jams or what not.

Mine stay in the pantry - most on a spice rack and the overflow inside a meatloaf pan ready for use and never bother with grocery store spices as who knows how long they have been sitting around.

Annemarie W.
Annemarie L5 years ago


Darla Stokes
Darla Stokes5 years ago

I do the same, Heidi. I have a 2-level lazy susan for my smaller spice jars and a single one for the larger ones.

Janet W.
Janet W.5 years ago

I keep my spices in the containers they come in from Sam's Club and yes they are stored in a dark cabinet near the stove. I have not found that any of mine have drawn moisture nor have they lost any noticable flavor over the years. When I need to buy mor, I buy in bulk and refill the original containers as they are large enough to suit my needs.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

very interesting, thanks for sharing this