Friday, April 15, 2011

Let's get spicy!

I love my collection of spices. I have a ton of them that I have acquired over time, stacked and organized in my cabinet using the SpiceCare system by TableFare. It's definitely not cheap, so I had to look at it as an investment in my spices; the sealed containers keep them fresher for longer. I have so much more space, and it is way easier to find my spices!

I also buy my spices from a local distributor, Spices Etc. They have a HUGE inventory and ship really fast; I keep meaning to stop in there the next time I'm in Pooler! I scored all of my Indian spices for a steal using a Groupon they did, and now I will be a loyal customer.

Do you have a growing spice collection? Need organizing tips? I definitely recommend you spend an afternoon dedicating yourself to getting your spices in order. It saves you so much time, and you can make your home-cooked meals SO much tastier (bang for your buck!) with the right combination of spices, without buying pre-made meals. If you like to buy whole spices, I recommend a small, cheap coffee grinder like my Krups one. Just don't use it for coffee after grinding your garam masala!

Love the look of those magnetic spice containers, but don't want to break the bank? My friend CM did this AWESOME DIY project to make her own! She includes all the instructions you need, and you can even store those magnetic bottles on the side of your fridge. It's one of the coolest DIYs I've seen in a while.

Important Thing to Know About Your Spices:

Spices don't last forever! Write a date on your container in a wax pen. Herbs last 1-3 years, seasoning blends 1-2 years, ground spices 2-3 years, whole spices and extracts 3-4 years. If the color fades, you don't smell the aroma (rub it in your hand), or the flavor weakens, it's probably not good anymore. I store my spices in a closed cabinet, away from heat/sunlight/moisture.

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