"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Cookware and Accessories > Cook's Tools
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-28-2011, 03:56 PM   #1
Cupcake
 
Kathleen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mid-Atlantic, USA
Posts: 2,303
Recycling 12 Bottle Spice Rack To Hold 36 (54) Spices

First, understand that I am not a crafty person but I am a problem-solver! Between Frank and I, we had a spice problem in that our spices were cluttered and all over the place. My spices were by the stove. His were in a bin. Our kitchen is quite small so space is limited.

I had an old spice rack that held 12 unusable spices. I say they were unusable because the bottles would not hold a newly purchased container of spices nor could one really retrieve spices that were inside of the small bottles easily. In looking at new spice racks, I could not find any that really appealed or would even come close to holding our spices.

Using the old spice rack frame, and purchasing 52 small food grade tins, I now have a spice rack that holds 36 spices and stacks another 16 for a total of 52 spices! (Pinch me!) Plus, we can actually SEE what we have. Maybe we will not end up with three jars of crushed red pepper again.

For before and after pictures, I created an album called Spice Project. Here is the finished product. Keep in mind that it all fits behind the kitchen door too and completely freed up much needed space in one of my cabinets! And it cost us less than $50 bucks. YAY!

We may add a small bin-like shelf beneath to hold extracts and such, if needed. Not sure whether we want that yet. :)


__________________

__________________
A little bit Ginger. A little bit Mary Ann.
Kathleen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2011, 05:59 PM   #2
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Zhizara's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: New Orleans, LA
Posts: 12,456
Maybe not crafty, but definitely very clever. Nice job, especially hiding it all behind the door.
__________________

__________________

If you can't see the bright side of life, polish the dull side.
Zhizara is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2011, 06:21 PM   #3
Cupcake
 
Kathleen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mid-Atlantic, USA
Posts: 2,303
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zhizara View Post
Maybe not crafty, but definitely very clever. Nice job, especially hiding it all behind the door.

Thanks! I love that I can see all of the labels at a glance. In putting this together, we found 3 jars of crushed red pepper, two jars of mint, two jars of oregano, and found we did not need to get powdered onion. It was a fun project to do - especially since we got a cleaned out space in a cabinet.
__________________
A little bit Ginger. A little bit Mary Ann.
Kathleen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2011, 11:00 PM   #4
Certifiable Executive Chef
 
Janet H's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 3,668
That's really clever - I love the cans! It looks sculptural and practical as well.
:)
__________________
Forget love... I'd rather fall in chocolate!
Janet H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2011, 11:03 PM   #5
Cupcake
 
Kathleen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mid-Atlantic, USA
Posts: 2,303
Quote:
Originally Posted by Janet H View Post
That's really clever - I love the cans! It looks sculptural and practical as well.
:)
Thanks! I wanted them all to fit within the rack, but someone's grilling spices put me over that limit.

I definitely plan to place a small shelf-like bin beneath the rack, so the extras may end up there along with extracts, etc.

~Kathleen
__________________
A little bit Ginger. A little bit Mary Ann.
Kathleen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2011, 11:14 PM   #6
Ogress Supreme
 
PrincessFiona60's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 37,861
Excellent! I keep thinking I'm going to revamp my pantry, but we are planning on moving in the spring to larger digs. Would be silly for me to do it now...especially since I have holes to patch from all the redos I've done over the years.
__________________
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein
PrincessFiona60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2011, 11:30 PM   #7
Cupcake
 
Kathleen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mid-Atlantic, USA
Posts: 2,303
Quote:
Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60 View Post
Excellent! I keep thinking I'm going to revamp my pantry, but we are planning on moving in the spring to larger digs. Would be silly for me to do it now...especially since I have holes to patch from all the redos I've done over the years.
We still need to revamp the pantry. Unfortunately we seem to have irreconcilable differences regarding our philosophy of pantry organization. (The one with the Y c'some wastes valuable space.)
__________________
A little bit Ginger. A little bit Mary Ann.
Kathleen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2011, 11:36 PM   #8
Ogress Supreme
 
PrincessFiona60's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 37,861
Quote:
Originally Posted by KathleenA View Post
We still need to revamp the pantry. Unfortunately we seem to have irreconcilable differences regarding our philosophy of pantry organization. (The one with the Y c'some wastes valuable space.)
Can't see around corners...or above/below eye level.
__________________
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein
PrincessFiona60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2011, 12:46 AM   #9
Cupcake
 
Kathleen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mid-Atlantic, USA
Posts: 2,303
Quote:
Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60 View Post
Can't see around corners...or above/below eye level.

That is one of the reasons I needed that lower cabinet!
__________________
A little bit Ginger. A little bit Mary Ann.
Kathleen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2011, 05:15 AM   #10
Head Chef
 
sparrowgrass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Highest point in Missouri
Posts: 1,820
I have tried spice racks, but I keep returning to a dedicated spice drawer. The bottles are on their sides, labels up, and I don't have any trouble finding them. I have little baskets in the drawer to keep them from rolling around, and I suppose if I was more organized (like that is going to happen any time soon) they would be sorted by type or alphabetized.
__________________
I just haven't been the same
since that house fell on my sister.
sparrowgrass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2011, 08:43 AM   #11
Chef Extraordinaire
 
pacanis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NW PA
Posts: 18,751
That's pretty cool.
Where did you find all those tins?
__________________
Give us this day our daily bacon.
pacanis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2011, 02:27 PM   #12
Ogress Supreme
 
PrincessFiona60's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 37,861
Quote:
Originally Posted by KathleenA View Post
That is one of the reasons I needed that lower cabinet!
There was a time when my 2 cup measure kept making it to the top shelf. I had to drag out the step stool to reach it and I use it daily. There WAS a discussion on appropriate storage.
__________________
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein
PrincessFiona60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2011, 02:43 PM   #13
Master Chef
 
Rocklobster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 6,293
Nice job! I need somethint like that. I see those tins at the dollar store and keep thinking I should invest. My spices are all in baggies in a bin. not good, I'm sure.
Rocklobster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2011, 03:05 PM   #14
Cupcake
 
Kathleen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mid-Atlantic, USA
Posts: 2,303
Quote:
Originally Posted by sparrowgrass View Post
I have tried spice racks, but I keep returning to a dedicated spice drawer. The bottles are on their sides, labels up, and I don't have any trouble finding them. I have little baskets in the drawer to keep them from rolling around, and I suppose if I was more organized (like that is going to happen any time soon) they would be sorted by type or alphabetized.
I used to do that a very long time ago. Now, I had two problems doing it. First, I had more spices than would fit in a single drawer in my tiny kitchen. Second, I didn't have a spare drawer so had to use part of a cabinet. I really needed another solution.

Quote:
Originally Posted by pacanis View Post
That's pretty cool.
Where did you find all those tins?
I got the tins here! I chose these particular tins because they were food grade, under a buck a piece, and did NOT nest. Also, the clear plastic covering was nice as I could sight-check my spices. Okay, the real reason I got those tins were that they fit the dimensions of the old spice rack PERFECTLY. No over hang and not crammed in.

Quote:
Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60 View Post
There was a time when my 2 cup measure kept making it to the top shelf. I had to drag out the step stool to reach it and I use it daily. There WAS a discussion on appropriate storage.
Honestly, I need to do that in every closet: Clear out old and rarely used items so that the things I use daily have a more accessible place to go. We also have that issue in the kitchen. My popcorn bowl is too high for me to reach. So are my daily-used Pyrex glassware. The decorative bowl, that has never been used, that my mother gifted to Frank, holds prime real estate though. Change is good.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rocklobster View Post
Nice job! I need somethint like that. I see those tins at the dollar store and keep thinking I should invest. My spices are all in baggies in a bin. not good, I'm sure.
Thanks! I kept looking for other spice options. I found few spice ideas that were cheaper than what I did. One that I considered was an IKEA solution where the containers attached with a magnet to a wall plate. With my kitties that LOVE to detach items from walls, not a good solution for us. I mean I would have to pray for the kitty that made off with Frank's secret Chili Mix.

~Kathleen

__________________
A little bit Ginger. A little bit Mary Ann.
Kathleen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2011, 03:36 PM   #15
Chef Extraordinaire
 
babetoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: escondido, calif. near san diego
Posts: 14,341
checked out your bottle site. doesn't seem like much money til you start adding up all the herbs, etc, in cupboard. will go and see what can be throw away. then will add up cost. do labels come with them?
__________________
"life isn't about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain"
babetoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2011, 04:30 PM   #16
Cupcake
 
Kathleen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mid-Atlantic, USA
Posts: 2,303
Quote:
Originally Posted by babetoo View Post
checked out your bottle site. doesn't seem like much money til you start adding up all the herbs, etc, in cupboard. will go and see what can be throw away. then will add up cost. do labels come with them?

It cost us $33.28 for our 52 tins, which was a lot cheaper than most other storage systems I found even after adding on the $7.00 for shipping.
We already had a label-maker and used clear tape with black print for the tins. I didn't include the label-maker and tape in the cost since we already had it. If I had to guess how much we spent, I would guess around $5.00 worth of tape.

I looked at a lot of spice cabinets and storage options. Most would not hold half of what was needed and cost a lot more than $50, so I felt it was a cheap, and happy solution. Plus, I was glad to be able to "recycle" the rack, which I already had. We have a pile of glass bottles for the recycling collector.


__________________
A little bit Ginger. A little bit Mary Ann.
Kathleen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2011, 12:30 AM   #17
Chef Extraordinaire
 
babetoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: escondido, calif. near san diego
Posts: 14,341
thanks for the info. need to think about it for a while. i have one attached under a cabinet, a holder i mean. paid to much bucks for it and hardly ever use it. gonna put away my cannister set, too. takes up to much room and i just had to dump a whole one of flour and one of rice. the pantry moths got them, how long ago i don't know. though i had them all taken care of.
__________________

__________________
"life isn't about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain"
babetoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
spices

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
×