Sorry. I got distracted. What I'm really talking about in this post are actual spices, not the Spice Girls (though I do love them).
How many of you have a spice rack? You know, one that looks like this:
|Crate and Barrel|
Yeah, us too. How many of you actually use all the spices that came with the rack? Not many, Yeah, us too. Out of our rack of 16 spices, we use maybe 5 on a regular basis. That wouldn't be so bad if those were the only 5 spices we ever use, but we also have a cabinet full of spices we use all the time. What's worse is that to reach the cabinet, I have to stand on a chair or a step-stool because it's above our stove.
I'd had quite enough of this, so I decided to reclaim our spice rack and turn it into a useful kitchen tool instead of glorified counter art. I took inventory of which spices we used and which spices we didn't.
|Turns out, you acquire lots of duplicates when you don't know what spices you already own.|
Any spice we didn't use got thrown away, but the bottle it came in didn't. I rinsed out the bottles...
...and refilled them with the spices we do use.
I used office labels we had laying around to cover up the original spice names on the jars. Our spice jars went from looking like this:
Now, our spice rack is much more functional, and I don't have to stand on a chair to reach the chili powder!