[Day 14] Spices: Kitchen Clutter Clear Out
|October 14, 2013|
Hello, and welcome to day 14 of the Kitchen Clutter Clear Out. Spices are our focus today.
Are you a spice lover or someone that finds it hard to resist a new jar of seasoning? Spices can easily get out of control. If you love to cook and you have a lot of spices, they can become an overwhelming assortment of different-sized jars. Taller jars, hide the smaller jars. Who hasn’t wasted precious time looking for that one jar of spice? You know it’s in there somewhere!!
- The first step to de-cluttering your spices is………ditch the expired ones. You might be thinking, what will I be left with if most of your spices are ancient? If that’s the case, toss the oldest of the old ancient spices you would be willing to re-purchase. Look for the date on the bottom of the jars. Make a list of the spices you need to replace right away.
- Empty the bottles before tossing them and recycle them if possible.
- Check for duplicate spices. I have to admit that I’ve found among my own spices. Toss the older bottle unless it’s a spice you use very frequently. Is it possible to combine the duplicates into one jar?
- Place the spices back into the drawer, cabinet, or spice rack. My spices are loosely alphabetized. Does this even surprise you? They are separated into 3 groups: A-C, D-O, and P-Z. The jars sit in these inexpensive containers shown in the photo below. I can pull out a container and find the one I need, instead of knocking jars over while searching. I even write the name of the spice on the lid, if possible.
May your meals be spiced with fresh spices from now on!