25 smart ways to store herbs and spices

Considering the amount of herbs and spices in an average Asian kitchen, storing them systematically is a challenge. Here are some smart ideas on how to store and label your collection of herbs and spices.

1. Chalkboard paint
Put spices in see through jars and write labels on top of them for easy identification. We love how the chalkboard paint is used to label them.


2. Tic-tac container
Store herbs and spices in small tic-tac containers. Great to bring along to campings!


3. Under the shelf pull-out rack
Keep herbs and spices away from sight in a smart under the shelf pull-out rack.


4. Magnetic spice rack behind shelf door
Save space and keep spices organized by creating a magnetic spice rack behind shelf door.


5. Magnetic spice rack on fridge
Lacking cupboard space to store your spices? How about sticking them on the fridge?


6. Test tube
Keep spices in test tubes and write label on the cork. Now experimenting in the kitchen sounds just right!


7. Angled spice drawers
Spices angled in 45 degrees enable you to identify them easily.


8. Turning spice rack on the counter
If installing cabinets does not work for your kitchen, get a turning spice rack and label them for easy identification.


9. Spice bottle with hanger
We like how the jar of spices are hung on the wall- making storage like work of art.


10. Magnetic honeycomb jar
Hexagon jar of spices when stuck on the magnetic board looks like honeycomb.


11. Over the door fabric organizer
Save cabinet space by using an over the door shoe rack organizer to keep your herbs and spices.


12. Pull-out spice drawer
A vertical pull-out spice rack creates an incredible amount of storage space.


13. Door spice rack
A typical door spice rack behind cabinet door keep them neat and convenient.


 14. Spice rack at the end of an island

Do not waste the space at the end of the island. Use it to keep spices in a shallow kitchen cabinet.


15. Decorative wall spice cabinet
Arrange colorful herbs and spices in this decorative open cabinet. How lovely!



16. Hanging rack inside the cabinet drawer
Use a hanging rack inside the cabinet door for holding spices


17. Soft drink crate
A soft drink crate turned into a wall spice cabinet.


18. Spice holder on metal rod
If you have no more wall or cabinet space, consider hanging a spice holder over the metal rod.



19. Under the shelf magnetic spice rack using stainless steel ruler
Make use of every inch of your kitchen. If space a premium in your kitchen, you might like an under-shelf magnetic spice rack. Stick bottles of herbs and spices on a stainless shell ruler!

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20. Lazy susan inside a deep cabinet
Never search for that one spice in deep cabinet- keep them on a lazy susan.


21. Cabinet behind the door
Do not waste the space behind the pantry door. Build a full-length cabinet to keep herbs and spices.


22. Mop holder as spice holder
Use a mop holder to store spices on the inside of a cabinet door. (no more searching through the deep cupboard for that one spice!) Ingenious!!!


23. Frame magnetic chalkboard
A visible and beautiful spice storage on a framed magnetic board.



8 Responses to “25 smart ways to store herbs and spices”

  1. Lindy
    January 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    Unfortunately, serious cooks say “NO” to many of these ideas.

    The magnetic spice tins aren’t airtight. They are simply a tin lid that slides onto a tin container. No threads, nothing. From past experience, I can guarantee that humidity from the air WILL seep into the tin containers. And worst of all, some spices will MELT the see-through plastic on the front. Cloves and turmeric are examples: the cause the clear cover to stain, and then “melt”, leaching plastic into your spices. Paprika also.

    Another bad idea: the test tubes. You can’t even put a measuring spoon into these, let alone a whole jar of spices. Nobody in their right mind would put their spices in testtubes.

    The honeycomb design: looks very cool, but try grabbing a bottle out of the middle of the honeycomb. Duh! Not practical. No cook would make their spice jars hard to grab.

    And finally, bending down? No. No chef is going to put their spices on a low rack near the floor… regardless of whether or not the rack rolls. Cooks DON’T bend down to grab their spices! This is another “doh!”

  2. Sue Tay
    June 24, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    Entertaining read! I love most of the cabinet ideas and the pull out drawers but would agree that the magnetic stuff do not appeal to me, I have a fear of them falling over, smashing and having to clean up! The test tubes look cool and u can easily pour the spices out but personally I always keep my spices in the bottles they come in because I like life to be easy.

  3. Vanessa
    June 28, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    The magnetic tins were a disaster, not only was it near impossible to take the lid of some (I actually had to take a knife to one) about 6 months down the track the magnets started falling of the tins. Now I have dinted tins sitting in my cupboard with lids that are impossible to take off. Epic fail!!!!

  4. sabina
    December 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

    i’m thinking of using containers with metal lids (like preserve jars) and installing magnetic knife rack on the underside of my cabinet… thinking this would work well – and very simple as well


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