Here is the third post in our Kick the Clutter Challenge series. This one focuses on the spice rack.
Does your spice rack look like the aftermath of a fire sale? Are the shelves littered with flakes of oregano and sprinkles of cinnamon? Do you have some mystery spices from the last century hiding in the corners? Now that you’ve tackled your medicine cabinet, it’s time to turn your attention to the kitchen and, specifically, your spice rack.
Start by checking all the dates on your spices to see if they have expired. Most spices are good for about a year, but most of us have oodles of spices from years ago. The spices don’t actually turn rancid, but they lose their flavor. You need fresh supplies to reap all the health benefits and to enhance the flavors in the food.
Add a new spice to your repertoire! Turmeric is recommended for health properties and is delicious added to soups or sprinkled on roasted vegetables. Ginger gives a zesty kick to your food and it combats nausea and may help reduce muscle soreness.
Spice labels can take a beating. Maybe you need to relabel some of your stash so it’s easy to find what you need when you’re in the throes of cooking.
When you’re done with your reorganizing, consider a new rack to display your collection. Bed, Bath and Beyond has a great selection of carousel spice racks for cupboards. Or try something different, like a magnetic spice rack or a jar storage system (for screws and nails) that you can get at your local hardware store. Maybe a drawer would work best for you. If so, be sure to install a drawer insert that allows you to gently recline your spices, keeping the labels in view—or label the tops of your jars.
Spice rack photo by Ross Catrow.