Spice Mixology for a Customized Spice Rack

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My fascination with spices and love for them has birthed a new love for mixing spices.

Sure, you can buy all kinds of spice mixtures but it is so much more fun to make custom spices at home. First, you want to start with good quality ingredients. Garbage mixed with garbage only gives you… well, you get the idea. Go to a specialty shop or farmer’s market to discover the difference between good and “meh” quality spices.


By mixing these up ahead of time and keeping them on the shelf, dinner becomes almost a no brainer, especially if you label the spice bottle with the name of the food you’re going to make. For example:

The bottle on my spice rack labeled “Crab” contains a mixture of pickling spices, whole mustard seeds, whole peppercorns, red pepper flakes, ginger and oregano. All I have to do is drop the pre-mixed spices in a boiling pot with the crab and there you have it – dinner.

This kind of spice “mixology” especially comes in handy for those who love to grill and barbeque. If you want to do it right, you definitely have to try mixing your own rub!  Do it however you like, then label the bottle “Pork Shoulder” or whatever, and then when dinner time comes around, look to the spice rack and see what speaks to you!

The Best Little Shelf Organizer

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Having a well organized pantry, kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets can bring great rewards.

How often have you bought a can of olives that you didn’t need or replaced a bottle of spice because you didn’t realize you already had it and it was hiding behind something else in the cabinet?  Or, if you’re like me, you forget about a dish you’ve been wanting to make because that key ingredient you bought is MIA in the pantry.

Whoever came up with the tiered shelf organizers is a genius in my book.  They are like little steps that elevate cans and bottles at the back of the shelf, so you can always see them and you don’t have to rearrange the cabinet to find out you’re out of grilling rub.

linusMy personal favorite is the Linus Stadium Corner 3 Tier Organizer which has multiple space-efficient benefits.  The shelf organizer is made from clear resipreme, so it looks nice and blends in with the cabinetry.  It has three layers and each one puts your spice bottles at a higher elevation, so you can see it and grab it easier.  Now, the kitchen cabinet is the obvious application for this handy little organizer, but it is actually pretty versatile.

I use one on my dresser for lotions and perfumes (of which I have many) so it’s easy for me to select the fragrance I want.  The bathroom cabinet where I keep spare bath products and travel size toiletries has also become more organized thanks to the step shelf organizer.  My seven year old daughter uses one in her bedroom to keep her doll collection lined up on different levels so you can see all their faces (sometimes she uses it to play “pageant” with her Barbies) and my son likewise uses it for his action figures…

…You’ve got to love an organizer with so much versatility, right???

Back to School Item: Wall Mounted Spice Rack

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You might be thinking, what on earth do spice racks have to do with back to school?

Well friends, I’m thinking about those of you who are sending a son or daughter off to college for the first time.  This is a really important time in life, when your 18-20 year old is learning about independence and living away from home.  You’ve taught them all you could about life and responsibilities, now their putting what they’ve learned to work.  How to clean up after themselves, do their own laundry, pay their own bills and most of all – cook for themselves.

With all the expenses that pile up when your sending a child off to college, you want to stay budget friendly.


That’s why I’d like to introduce you to this Wall Mounted Spice Rack.  It has a modern design that your son or daughter will love, and a price that won’t freak you out.  When it comes to buying a spice bottle rack for someone who’s living on their own for the first time, I suggest keeping it simple.  Chances are, they aren’t going to do a lot of complicated cooking and won’t need a lot of spices.  Also, they probably will buy the cheap spices from the grocery store and keep them in the store bottles.  So you really just need a simple rack for storing a few basics like salt, pepper, garlic powder and maybe some thyme, basil, cinnamon – the common spices.

Another great thing that makes this spice rack college-friendly is that it mounts to the wall and you can pretty much be sure that they will have limited counter space.

Product of the Week: Drawer Spice Storage

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I was over at a friend’s house last week, helping her try out some fun summer recipes.  I always love getting a chance to see how somebody else sets up their kitchen – it’s always a good way to get some new tips!

Anyway, my pal Cara doesn’t have wall mounted kitchen cabinets. So, she keeps her spices in a drawer. She told me that for the longest time, she would just toss the spice bottles in there – only to waste time later on looking for bottles that rolled out of order. Now she has a clever rack insert, and everything stays nice and organized. I have to say, it looked pretty dang good!
I found this Expanding Drawer Spice Rack to be pretty clever and well designed:

drawerspice This spice drawer insert is fully adjustable to meet all of your needs. It’s also smooth and non porous, so cleaning it is a breeze.

Plus, it’s pretty stable – so you can easily take it out of the drawer for marathon cooking sessions, and then plunk it back in when you’re all done.

Storing spices in a drawer is a great solution for practically any kitchen. Admit it – you’ve got that one drawer in your kitchen that’s just kind of filled with junk, right? I know I do! So, clean it it out, put in a drawer style rack, and make that drawer into a productive member of your kitchen!

Alternative Uses for Spice Bottles

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Re-purposing, or using a product in a different way than it was intended, is one of my new favorite hobbies.  I love to get creative and think about all the wonderful ways to maximize an item’s potential. 


Today’s experiment?  Spice bottles of course!

sohoOur test product will be the SOHO 20 Piece Spice Board by Lipper.  First I will explain how it works and all the benefits.  First of all, the first impression – it’s modern, clean, and will enhance your kitchen decor rather than detract from it.  It’s made from stainless steel, which goes with every kind of decor and is reliable and durable.  Simply mount the board to your wall, and each of the spice containers has a magnetic backing for hanging.  The clear tops make selection easy and fast, and you can quickly grab spices while in a cooking frenzy!


Now, let’s take this modern age spice rack out of the kitchen and apply it to other rooms of the house.  Here are other ways to use the SOHO spice rack in your home:


The Bathroom for holding hair accessories, cotton balls, jewelry, vitamins, make up sponges and more.  You still get the same benefits as in the kitchen, except for the cooking part (unless you cook in your bathroom, which I don’t think is a good idea).

The Garage for sorting small nuts and bolts, nails, screws and other bits and pieces.  Hang it over your work bench for a stylish tool organization solution.

Craft Storage – keep small pieces like buttons, appliques, stickers and scrapbooking supplies organized, easy to find, and easy to reach.

The Bedroom can benefit from this wall spice rack as well!  Keep rings, earrings, brooches, and bracelets in the magnetic spice jars.  Then, add a couple of magnetic hooks to the board for hanging earrings.  Terribly clever.


If you love DIY organizing projects and get a thrill from re-purposing (like I do), then get yourself a SOHO spice board and go to town!  The benefits are virtually endless…