Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Holder for Seeds and Leaves

This is a reprise of a post originally made on October 21, 2008. This is the greatest spice rack I've ever had and want to share this post again. Please join Chari at Happy to Design and see what other favorites are being shared this Sunday.


I think I've found the perfect container for herbs and spices in the kitchen. I'm not sure how long I've used the test tubes for my spices but it is the perfect storage for having the herbs and spices close at hand.

It uses a small footprint on the kitchen countertop but yet it holds 32 different herbs and spices. To keep things organized, I stick a small round sticker on top with the name of the contents and then alphabetize them.

It holds mostly spices and seeds (sesame -- both white and black and poppy) for most of my herbs are from the garden. However, there are a few dried herbs in the tubes.

It is amazing that usually the tubes hold one of the little jars of spices and so I don't have to worry about finding a place to store half jars of things.

I find that most of the tubes are emptied more than one time per year but every spring, I do "clean house" and replace anything that is old for spices, especially, loose a lot of potency when they are too old.


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Great idea! Where do I buy one? laurie

Printersdevil said...

That is a fantastic idea.

Thanks for stopping by to visit Playing Dishes. Your comments are so kind. Your blog is one of my favorites and I just love your breakfast room. I have you bookmarked to check back often, but am not sure if I am a follower. I always get bogged down with that, but I am going to add to your.

Southerncook said...

Martha, I have always admired your spice holders (they are so cool) and have never gotten one. Since I have the new kitchen remodel I have a new spice drawer but yours has character. For those of you wondering where you can find these (and I have no idea if Martha got hers from here???), Dean and Deluca in NYC has them.Check them out here:


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Great idea and it looks gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Lori E said...

These are so nice looking on a counter. I go through spices by the handful so I have to keep mine in a BIG drawer.
Yours look much better.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Not only is it a great idea, it is really cute too!


Brenda Pruitt said...

What a wonderful idea! And also that way you don't have larger container of spices that go bad before it's used. Excellent idea!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'd love to find one of those too! The spice jars I have not would take up way too much room so I have to keep them in the pantry. How nice it would be to have them at your fingertips.

Is yours from Dean and Deluca?

Martha said...

I ordered mine on line from a lab supply place. I found them by googling! But it was several years ago.

Deanna said...

These tubes are a neat way to store/display spices and seeds.
So cute an idea.

Mary Bergfeld said...

Then and now one of those hard to beat ideas. Why am I not surprised it's yours :-).

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Mornin' Martha...

Just wanted to come by to say thank you for joining in with Sunday Favorites this week...I loved this post that you chose to reshare with all of us!

What a great idea!!! I would have never thought to use test tubes for spices but they really are perfect! I love that it keeps them so handy and organized and the rack doesn't seem to take up a huge amount of space either!!! What a grand idea...thank you so much for sharing it with us!!!

Have a marvelous Monday, my friend!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

What a great idea!!!