Choosing Spice Racks
to Organize Your Kitchen
By Karen Fritscher-Porter
Today you have almost as many choices of spice
racks as you do the spices they contain. Spice
racks are wonderful kitchen home organization
gadgets. And a spice rack makes a great gift
for those who love to cook. In our household,
my husband is the chef. But I'm the shopper.
And we own three functional and handsome spice
racks that are used almost every day. The following
factors will help you choose the spice rack
that works best for you.
1) Location of Spice Rack
Avoid placing your spices too close to the
stove or oven, as the heat may harm some of
the spices' potency. Following are different
styles of spice racks that should help you decide
about the best location:
2) Number of Spices
If you use a lot of different spices, would
you like one large single-level or multi-tiered
shelf spice rack that holds all of them? Or
like me, would you like a few different spice
racks clustered in one area of the kitchen?
If you only keep a few spice jars, then perhaps
a spice rack that holds six to eight spice containers
is sufficient (especially if your space is limited
to a small area of the kitchen).
3) Convenient Access to Spices
For example, if you hang a vertical double-shelf
spice rack on a wall underneath a kitchen cabinet,
you need enough room between the spice containers
on the top shelf and the underside of the kitchen
cabinet to be able to easily remove and replace
the spice containers. You don't want to keep
scraping your knuckles against the wood on the
underside of the cabinet. Wherever you plan
to put the spice rack, it's probably a good
idea to measure the intended space for it and
then compare that to the dimensions of the product
listed on its sales box before you purchase
4) Do you want Spices Included with your
Some spice racks come complete with full containers
of spices and others come without jars or containers
of spices. Some spice racks don't even use typical
container or jars; instead you fill them and
then turn a dial for the measured spice amount
to filter through a dispenser, which is removable
from the spice rack.
Remember that you're trying to save space when
buying home organization gadgets. So if you
buy a spice rack complete with new spices, you'll
just have to store the new or existing set of
spice jars in the pantry until the spice jars
in use need a refill.
5) Color and Style of Spice Racks
You can find spice racks or spice shelving
in many types of material: wood, acrylic, metal/stainless
steel/wire, plastic or chrome. What matches
the style of or colors of your kitchen? If the
spice rack will be hidden from view, you may
want to simply choose a durable material or
one that wipes clean easily.
6) Do You Love It?
You'll be seeing your spice rack choice in
your kitchen for a long time, so make sure you
Karen Fritscher-Porter writes
about home organizing solutions at www.EasyHomeOrganizing.com.
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