Store Spices: 5 Creative Ideas

Anyone who likes to cook needs practical solutions for storing many ingredients. But when it comes to spices, this often ends up with an unattractive assortment of cans and containers. We show that it can be done differently and provide five creative ideas on storing spices.

It is classic, chic, and sustainable to store spices in canning jars. Find out what other options there are in this article.
It is classic, chic, and sustainable to store spices in canning jars. Find out what other options there are in this article.
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It should be airtight, dark, cool, and moisture-free: the kitchen storage for spices and herbs because the aromas and seasoning power of cardamom, clove, nutmeg, saffron, and co. are best preserved in this way. And the quality of the flavor also benefits from this storage – which is why many store their spices rather unimaginatively in the back of the kitchen cupboard.

But especially if the spices are used more often in cooking, it is advantageous to have them handy and not have to search long in the cupboard for the right spice when preparing the dishes. We have summarized the most beautiful and original ideas for spice storage.

Idea 1: Store Spices in Magnetic Boxes

Those who appreciate a lot of space and order will love this simple yet unusual form of storage: magnetic tins attached to the refrigerator or a magnetic wall immediately show the contents of the tin but are darkened all around. Tying the lid allows ground spices to be used in different dosages without opening the tin.

Idea 2: Store Spices in DIY Jars

If you are looking for an inexpensive solution to store spices and like to live sustainably, you can collect and boil empty glass jars, preferably from a series, and place them in a spice cabinet, for example. You can color the lids in the same shade for a uniform look – this can be done, for instance, with acrylic-based paint spray or permanent spray. With this variant of spice storage, you set an individualistic accent in the kitchen.

Once the thyme, oregano, and paprika spices have been filled and the jars sealed, you can start labeling them. Use a label maker to label the jars in a visually appealing way. Also nice: hand lettering the spice names with white permanent marker on a black background – for example, on the lid or a black waterproof label.

Old glass containers are great for storing spices
Old glass containers are great for storing spices.
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Idea 3: Spice Jars or Spice Jars in a Set

If the DIY solution is too elaborate, you can order a ready set of spices or jars. These are available in all materials and shapes – cylindrical or round, made of glass, ceramic, or sheet metal, with cork, wood, bamboo, or stainless steel closure.

You can store your jars and spice jars from the set and your DIY jars – lying or standing – stacked on the shelf on the wall. Another idea for spice storage: stow your DIY jars on a perforated wooden wall. This way, you can conveniently remove the jars with a flick of the wrist, which are still stored in a dark place.

Glass bottles sealed with corks ensure that the flavors stay in the bottle
Glass bottles sealed with corks ensure that the flavors stay in the bottle.
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Idea 4: Storing Spices in a Spice Rack

Spice racks or spice stands do not have to look old-fashioned or boring at all: They are now available in all variations and designs, for example, as a spice carousel made of plain metal or stainless steel or as a timeless bamboo shelf for hanging, standing or as a drawer inlay. Also, a nice eye-catcher: black or metallic organizers to place or hang the spices near the stove. A great alternative to a classic spice cabinet.

With a spice rack, you'll always have those little spice jars at your fingertips
With a spice rack, you’ll always have those little spice jars at your fingertips.
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Idea 5: Store Spices in a Drawer Liner

If you prefer to keep countertops and kitchen walls clear, it’s best to store salt and seasonings discreetly in a kitchen drawer. There are matching inserts for drawers that act as spice holders for this purpose. This storage location offers many advantages: The spices are stored without any light, and the quality, taste, and aroma are optimally preserved in this way.

The Art of Storing Spices Correctly

A place near the stove is generally recommended as a location for the herbs and spices. However, make sure that no heat affects the spices during cooking. Moisture should also be avoided. Therefore, storing the spices in the refrigerator is not appropriate.

When deciding on the material for the cans, remember that exposure to sunlight changes the spices’ flavor, aroma, and vitamin content. Color and shelf life also diminish. As a general rule, dried ground seasonings will keep for one to three years. Stored in their original form – for example, as a whole cinnamon stick, nutmeg, or peppercorns – spices, on the other hand, also keep longer.

Rosemary, marjoram, thyme, and oregano also contain essential oils, which are only preserved if stored in airtight screw-top containers such as aluminum or stainless steel – this is also particularly important for paprika spice and chili, as moths often visit these spices.

Tip
It is easy to check whether your spice collection still has the necessary freshness and quality by its smell, color intensity, and taste.

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