Anyone who has ever mixed up paprika and cayenne in a dish knows that carefully labeled and easily accessible spices are a must for any cook. If you purchase in bulk so you don’t end up with more caraway seeds than you’ll ever use in your lifetime, proper storage options are essential to keeping random baggies out of your kitchen drawers and maximizing freshness. A quality organizer stocked with a comprehensive selection of herbs and spices also gives you the power to make full flavor dishes, and avoid the horrors of unseasoned chicken. Here are our favorites.
Out Of The Way
Don’t eat your bay leaves. Amazon
If you’d like some flexibility in where you stash your spices, this set of four metal racks allows you to store up to 24 spice jars all in one place or distributed throughout your kitchen. Each chrome-finished rack is 11.5 inches wide, 2.5 inches tall, and 2.5 inches deep (check the exact dimensions for the maximum usable space). They can be mounted to the inside of your cabinet or another surface with screws, or hung up with adhesive-backed hooks. If you’re using the hooks to avoid putting holes in your walls, it’s probably best to avoid heavy glass spice jars, and avoid sticking the adhesive on painted walls or wallpaper.
Turn To See What You’ve Got
A merry-go-round of options. Amazon
If you love shopping in the bulk section to get a pinch of this and a pinch of that, you’ll appreciate that this spice tower comes with 16 glass jars to organize your purchases. The tower is made from stainless steel, holds jars at an angle, and can be spun around for quick retrieval of whatever your recipe requires. With a base of 8 inches in diameter and a height of 11 inches, the tower can fit comfortably on a butcher’s block or countertop and even some cupboard shelves. Each glass jar has a plastic inner cap with holes to make it easier to season a dish to taste.
Nicest-Looking Of The Bunch
Style that looks custom-built. Amazon
This durable wooden spice rack is made of wood from the red alder, a tree common to the Pacific Northwest. It features three tiers that will hold six jars each up to a diameter of 2 inches and a height of 4.75 inches. The rack is 16.5 inches tall and 12.25 inches wide, and can be mounted to your wall, or stand upright on your countertop for an elegant display. The natural wood also adds a distinct note of warmth to your kitchen in comparison with metal or plastic racks.
Everything Where You Want It To Be
Organize away! Amazon
If you enjoy organizing your spices as much as you enjoy cooking with them, this attractive wire rack and jar set allows you to customize your display. The rack is 14.8 inches long, 9.8 inches high, and 4.3 inches wide, and comes with 24 3-ounce glass jars with metal lids and plastic caps. Each cap features both holes for sprinkling and a larger opening that allows you to remove small portions without needing to take the cap off. Pour yourself a glass of wine while you choose from 340 pre-printed spice labels to affix to your jars, or fill out blank labels with the included chalk pen for rare spices or blends. Then comes the best part—deciding if you’ll arrange them alphabetically, by color, or by region.