Any kitchen that is used fairly often will need some room for storing spices. Keeping spices arranged in an organized manner, however, can be easier said than done if you do not have space that is designated just for them. Spices that are just lying around can also go stale if they are not stored in a proper manner; they will either go bad or lose their flavor over time.
With that said, if you do not have a dedicated space just for your Australian spices, here are some things you can build in your kitchen that will best accommodate them, and that they are out of your way until you need them.
A long row of magnet and magnetic containers make it easy to install a rack that you can easily put on and take off of your wall. This way, no remodeling work is necessary. With magnetic strips, you can also stick knives and other metal tools to them so that they are within an arm’s length, yet not in your way all the time.
Another type of wall mount to consider is shelves. Shelves are functional for organizing Australian spices. Narrow shelves installed on drywall can hold spice jars perfectly. You can buy shelving especially made for spices at your local hardware or home improvement stores.
If you want to remodel to improve the look of your kitchen, you can always build a nook in your wall just for spices. Nooks can display spices and other necessities nicely, and you can also include little doors to them.
Spice racks are also a possibility. You can make them standalone on countertops, or mount them on walls, like you would with shelving. Depending on how much wall space you have, you can either choose to buy one long rack, or multiple small ones.
You can also install spice racks on the insides on your cabinet doors, but be sure that they fit snugly, or else they could create a mess inside your cabinets each time that you close the door. Spice racks can also go in your pantry or inside the pantry door. If you are a homeowner that cooks something almost every day, this would likely be the best place to hang a spice rack.
3. Cabinets and drawers
Another good spot to place spices is a shallow drawer just for them. You can buy any hand inserts that separate drawers into smaller compartments, and then each of your spices will get its own compartment.
Some kitchens also have pull-out cabinets that are narrow just for spices to go in. If you do not have one of these, you can consider remodeling so that your spices have a neat and tidy place to go.
Containers are great ways to keep spices in places that you can actually identify and label. Glass and metal jars are ways that you can keep spices organized and kept fresh, and you can reuse them for when you buy new spices and use up older ones. Keeping your spices neat and organized will not just make your time cooking meals easier, but you will also have better tabs on spices and when they expire.
If you happen to collect a lot of spices, there are several ways you can make room for spice compartments that only have a limited amount of room available to you. You can throw out spices that have expired, or you can give some of your unwanted spices away to neighbors that also love to cook.