You may be in need of a swing-out spice rack if you are either very short of space in a small kitchen, or you have a large collection of spice and herbs that need organizing.
Here are some clever ideas to help you make an organized herb and spice collection, to be proud of.
It is just so easy to keep buying herbs and spices and just store these in a jumble on the kitchen counter or in a cupboard.
Before you think about buying or making a pull-out spice rack. Have a really good look at your herb and spice collection and really think about the ones you want to keep.
Just keep those you know will be used. Try not to keep any “just in case”. You will only come across these bottles again when you notice you have loads that are well out of date!!!
Herb and spice jar clutter can be a major cause of untidiness in a kitchen, keep these under control and you are on the road to a lovely decluttered kitchen of your dreams.
✅ Slide Out Spice Organizer for Kitchen Cabinets
This useful spice holder is perfect for all your small bottles of herbs and spices.
it rolls out on stainless steel runners and is tightly secured so the rack won’t collapse as you pull the drawer out.
It has the capacity to hold up to 30 standard-sized spice bottles. On double-sided wire shelves. It can be used to store other supplies like oils and baking supplies.
This product is available in many sizes and shapes.
✅ Drop Down Drawer Spice Organizer
This clever organizer has 3 drop-down drawers that have plenty of space for your spice bottle collection.
This product comes with a set of preprinted drawer labels so you can clearly label the different spices that are sitting on the shelves.
It can hold up to 24 different standard sized spice and herb bottles.
You should note that this product is also available in black.
✅ Pull Down Spice Rack
This type of rack is perfect if you need to access shelving that is high up. It works by a tilt mechanism that allows you to pull the rack out and down.
Great if you are on the tiny side, or you have cupboards that extend right up to the ceiling. It makes the most of inaccessible shelf units in your cupboards.
✅ Adjustable Steel Spice Rack Drawer Insert
This drawer insert is designed to expand to fit the drawer width you put it in. It contains plenty of spaces for loads of spice jars.
✅ Drawer Inserts with Bottles and Labels
This kit contains everything you need to store your herbs and spices in a drawer. The kit comes with the right sized bottles that will fit onto the racks, pre-printed spice labels, and snap-on shakers.
What is a really clever idea is the inclusion of a collapsible funnel so you can fill up the bottles as needed.
I think its so nice to have everything in the same sized bottle nice and neat.
Homemade Rustic Style Pull Out Spice Rack
I love this it is just such a simple elegant design. It effectively triples the space available in the cupboards. So loads of room for all your cooking and baking supplies.
The plans to build this are available HERE.
It actually looks difficult but if you have the equipment and skills then I’m sure it would something worth making.
Large Wooden Pull Out Spice Rack
I love this it pulls out and reveals loads of space for all your ingredient bottles and jars.
Once the rack is in place it is covered up by the cabinet door, completely concealing it.
This product is available HERE
DIY Pull Out Spice Rack Drawer
If you are talented or you know someone who is then you might want to attempt this DIY pull-out drawer!
It makes use of a thin narrow space in the kitchen cabinets. Very useful and it has a large capacity too.
Should I Buy Sets of Herbs and Spices?
My advice is to avoid buying those sets of spices that come in racks and small shelf units. The problem is you will end up having many different herbs and spices that never get used.
I bet you only use a few herbs and spices in your cooking. I would recommend using unfilled bottles that are all the same size. And only buy and keep those herbs and spices that you actually use on a regular basis.
My Own Experience With Storing Herbs and Spices
As this blog is mainly about organizing, decluttering your life and making your home beautiful.
I thought I would share my experiences of reducing spice jar clutter.
Recently I had a radical thought, I don’t like loads of herbs and spices cluttering up my cupboards! I realized that my diet had become very simple over the years and I now very rarely add herbs and spices to my food.
When I say simple by that I mean if I have a steak I just cook it in a skillet add salt and pepper and a little butter and that is it. In the old days, I would have poured over recipe books looking for the best steak recipes. I used all kinds of exotic ingredients and cooking techniques.
You know what my food tastes better now!
Also I don’t bake or make elaborate meals!
I now only have following herbs and spices in my kitchen
- bay leaves for making stock, stews.
- black pepper that goes in almost everything!
- crushed chilies
- curry powder
That’s it. Note I do have access to fresh thyme that grows in my yard all year round.