We have organized our spices in several ways over the years…from a pull-out bin of plastic zip bags and jars under the counter, to just jars lined up along the top of the counter, to the same jars laid out next to one another filling an entire drawer. This solution though? This solution will stay. I love it more every time I use it.
It’s extremely easy to set up. Just order the number of jars you want (I use the 2oz size) and make sure they include metal lids (we chose white ones to blend in with the fridge). Then get two magnets for each jar, pop them on the inside of the lid, fill it with spices, write the name on the bottom with an oil paint pen, and pop it on the fridge! The hard part is figuring out how you want to organize them…color? Texture? Country of origin? We’ve landed on a general grouping of flavor profile…salty together, herbal together, spicy together, sweet together, and on.
In our kitchen, having them on the fridge means they are right next to the stove where we use them most. While spice purists would likely tell you to store them away from such a large heat source (or any heat source), we find that with the 2oz jars, we tend to go through the herbs and spices quickly enough that we don’t have to worry about their flavors fading. Especially because they’re so close to where we cook and we can see all of them at a glance and so use them a lot more than if they were tucked away in a drawer or cabinet.
Then, when they run out as they happily do often, I just take the jar with me to our local bulk store and fill them up again. Just as much as we need, no more, no less. Easy as could be.