Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DIY Spice Rack

I hoard spices. I love to walk down the spice isle of any store just to see what's available and I often buy something. Grocery stores, farmer's markets, Asian, Middle Eastern and Mexican Markets, Cost Plus World Market and Penzey's Spices are my usual haunts. I've found that spices I've never used or even heard of before can often spark my cooking creativity. Naturally, storage of all of these spices have become an issue over the years and in our previous home I had an IKEA hacked solution mounted to a wall in our kitchen. Unfortunately there wasn't a place for it in the new house, which resulted in a creative solution. I turned the back of our pantry door into a magnetic spice rack. 

We went to our local home improvement store and bought a piece of sheet metal, which my husband skillfully cut down to fit the width of the door. We used liquid nails to adhere the metal to the door and I finished the edges in a wide border of black ribbon. The magnetic canisters were $1.99 a piece in a local store but I found them online for less and waited for a free shipping offer: large tins | small tins. The tins are perfect for spices as the lid turns to reveal either a pour spout or a shaker. The last step was to use my handy label maker to label each tin. This has been a great space-saving solution that still allows me to keep an abundance of spices on hand.