When I became vegan, I got more into food. With that, came more shopping, cooking, and preparing homemade meals. Herbs and spices are an important part of a healthy kitchen, so I got quite a collection going. As I am learning about new ways to be more green and to care for our earth, I have a nice glass jar collection going while using less plastic. These two things led to a spice cupboard needing a bit of a makeover.
So, yesterday I took on simplifying my spice cupboard. It began with taking all the spices out, cleaning the shelves, and figuring out my favorite 18 spices. It takes being willing to make a mess to really get in there and clean and organize. I found spices that I had prior to moving to Portland, which meant they were more than six years old, so I tossed them. I also had spices I bought with good intentions, but haven’t used. It felt good to get rid of the things I am not using or that no longer inspire me.
I got this neat spice rack off of Amazon and used it to make good use of the space while also making it super easy find the spices that I want.
I originally bought a set of labels off Amazon that were clear with black ink, but they were not easy to see, so I made my own from Avery labels I had on hand. I had to cut them out to get them to fit, but I like the finished look much better and I love the ease of finding which spice I want without squinting!
I could have bought several racks that hold 18 jars each, but I really do use my favorite 18 spices more than 80% of the time. With that in mind, having less to deal with, versus more to organize, made sense. So here are my favorite 18!
One tip is to buy spices in the bulk section of your food co-op. This allows you to buy only the amount that you need for that particular recipe. Bulk saves you money while also avoiding waste. And having fresher spices in small amounts is better for flavor, your pocketbook and your cupboards!
What are your favorite spices and when did you last clean your spice cupboard?
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