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.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My Spice Rack

I've always had spices in the kitchen for they add "spice" to your food!!!! At our Victorian home I had a wonderful large wooden commercial drawer which hung on the wall over the stove . I loved it but Linderhof's smaller kitchen would not accommodate it and so I turned to something different to corral my spices.

A lab test tube holder and test tubes. It's a very small footprint and yet it holds 40 spices. And most of those little jars of spices seem to fit in one test tube!

It sits handy on the counter within reach of the stove and the mixer.

I use round labels that I get very cheaply and change them out about 4 times a year -- they are alphabetically arranged -- I've always done that -- even in that big drawer that I kept spices in in our Victorian home.

I prefer Penzey spices and we're lucky to have a store in the city. It is often a stop when I go north. And I'll always check my tubes and go with a list. Because spices should be fresh and I make sure that none of my spices are older than a year -- if they are, I dump them and start over again. Of course, I use them so much that rarely do I have to do that!

And it is a spice rack. Except for oregano and herbes de provence, everything in the rack is a spice. Herbs are used fresh.

Whether they're from the summer garden or the winter windowsill or the grocery store.

They make holders such as mine for spices now but I got mine at a lab supply company years ago -- soon after we moved to Linderhof. It's done me well and it does suit Linderhof's small kitchen. If it has one drawback, it is that the tubes are glass and glass is not the best storage for spices.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such a great idea. Mine seem to take up one whole cupboard with all the jars, tins and such. This would be so much easier to see and use. Hugs, Marty

Dan said...

What a great idea! Mine are in little bottles in a cupboard, and they always seem to get lost amongst everything else that's in there. This would work far better, and as you say, it takes up so little space!

Carol at Serendipity said...

Dean and Deluca sells a spice rack that looks very much like yours. I had one a few years back. Because we live in one place for 7 months and another for 5, it became impractical to keep it but I love the look!

Have a great day!


From the Kitchen said...

We moved into our arts and crafts bungalow from a house that had a pantry larger than our "new" kitchen. I had to be very creative with space. Fortunately there was a small cabinet with a drop down ironing board. I took the board out and lined the shallow area with wire shelving that is perfect for herbs and spices and a few other things.

You must feel quite proud to be finished with your winter cleaning. Hope you are sitting down with a good book and a cup of tea!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

great idea!! Like the fact you can use a little at a time..but some many quick to get to. I use Penzey spices too, just 30 min away. Can't hardly contain myself when I go!!

On Crooked Creek said...

What a neat invention. . .on your part, that is! I, totally, agree with you, spices not used within a year need to be thrown out and replaced!
I'm nearing completion on the cleaning On Crooked Creek on the upper level. . .only the home office is left. Thank you for the inspiration and motivation seeing Linderhof shinning like a jem!It's a good thing!

Southerncook said...

I have always loved your spice rack and I was going to mention that Dean and Deluca does carry these but Carol has already mentioned it. At one time I was looking for them myself but when we did the kitchen redo I had an upper drawer made with appropriate shelving for my spices close to the cooktop since I have very little counter space.


Bernideen said...

Your kitchen gets an A+! Very organized and IN SERVICE. I like that - not like the Parade of Homes EMPTY ones! This is the real world where you are cooking and baking and it is lovely!

nannykim said...

Great idea....looks like a fun way to do it. However, I have to confess some....just a few.... of my spices are very ancient! I know what they say, but I haven't really noticed the difference. I have downsized to a condo and my spices and teas take up a whole set of cupboard space. I too, arrange the spices in alphabetical order.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful idea, and looks great too.
Of course, you do have a spectacular kitchen IMHO.

Pondside said...

What a great idea, Martha - there'll be a fun on lab equipment!

Rose H (UK) said...

Love the reinvention for the test tubes!

Kelly said...

Love your spice rack. I too love penzeys spices. Now all I need is to plant some herbs...

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