I'm familiar with the spice rules, and everything I have is properly dated. Most are no more than eighteen months old which is from about the time we bought our house. When I moved from Nashville to Atlanta, I gave all of our spices over to my neighbor, Sandy. Whewww...did she hit it big! Reminds me of several, years ago...I got to house sit for friends of the in-laws. Their movers took off and left their a collection of spices. Too bad for them, but guess who got them? Below Two-Tier Revolving spice Rack from Williams - Sonoma.
Anyway, when I met my friends for lunch this past January, this was my first probing question to them, "How Do Your Organize Your Spices?" Not "How was Your Christmas" or "How was Your New Years?" or "How's Your Life?" for that matter. I really wanted to know how they organized their spices. I heard conflicting reports. And to tell you the truth, none of them were all that thrilled with how they organized them. I did discover that there is spice store in Sandy Springs where you can buy your spices separately, and then store them in your own containers. This really threw me for a loop...now I was really confused as to what to do! Below is a set from Williams Sonoma that I love.
I read in Real Simple how you should store your spices in a drawer away from the stove. I don't have a drawer to give up due to space so they have to go in my small pantry, but this is the idea.
So one cold January Friday I was explaining my weekend wintery tasks to Gwen from work about my spice dilemma. I told her about all my choices with buying fresh spices and storing them in new cute containers, or just buying a spice rack with the spices already included. As I was leaning toward taking the easy way out and just getting the spice racks with spices included. She said, "How do you know how long the spice rack been there in the store". As such, this option got thrown to the wayside! Below is a Revolving Spice Rack from Crate & Barrel.
How Do You Organize Your Spices?